Eugene Cunningham Papers: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Huntington Library staff and updated by Diann Benti in December 2016.
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Overview of the Collection

Title: Eugene Cunningham Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1915-1958
Collection Number: mssCunningham papers
Creator: Cunningham, Eugene, 1896-1957.
Extent: Approximately 6,000 pieces in 21 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Western fiction writer Eugene Cunningham (1896-1957) and includes twelve manuscripts of the works of Cunningham and others, correspondence with friends and other writers of Western lore, five scrapbooks, and 250 photographs (chiefly photographic reproductions of of Western figures).
Language: English.

Access

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Administrative Information

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Eugene Cunningham Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Purchased from Mrs. Eugene Cunningham, June, 1959.

Biographical Note

Eugene L. Cunningham (1896-1957), author of Western fiction and other works, grew up in Texas, served in the Navy during both World Wars, and began writing in 1915. He was a correspondent for various newspapers and magazines and made a trip on horseback and on foot over Central America. After 1932 he wrote mainly Southwestern history and fiction, such as Triggernometry, Riders of the Night, etc.

Scope and Content

The collection contains the papers of Western fiction writer Eugene Cunningham (1896-1957) and includes manuscripts of the works of Cunningham and others, correspondence with friends and other writers of Western lore, five scrapbooks, and 250 photographs. There are twelve bound typescript manuscripts of Cunningham's work, with handwritten corrections. Within the correspondence, there are 21 letters from Western writer Eugene Manlove Rhodes and 104 letters from Rhodes's wife, May Louise (Davison) Purple Rhodes, as well as 12 letters from General Thomas Cruse, who was with the United States Army in Arizona during the Indian campaigns and wrote Apache Days and After. The photographs are chiefly of Western figures (many reproduced from the collection of Noah H. Rose of San Antonio, Texas).

Removed or Separated Material

photCL 102

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following 5 series:
  • I. Manuscripts
    • Bound volumes of typescripts of books by Cunningham
    • Unbound manuscripts
  • II. Correspondence
  • III. Personal Papers
  • IV. Scrapbooks
  • V. Photographs

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Cruse, Thomas. Apache days and after.
Cunningham, Eugene, 1896-1957 -- Archives.
Cunningham, Eugene, 1896-1957 -- Photographs.
Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934.
Rhodes, May Davison.
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Authors, American -- West (U.S.) -- Archives.
Cowboys in literature.
Western stories.

Forms/Genres

Photographs West (U.S.) -- 20th century.
Scrapbooks West (U.S.) -- 20th century.

Alternate Authors

Cruse, Thomas, correspondent.
Cunningham, Eugene, 1896-1957, photographer.
Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934, correspondent.
Rhodes, May Davison, correspondent.


Collection Contents

 

I. Manuscripts

 

Bound volumes of typescripts of books by Cunningham

Arrangement

The volumes are arranged alphabetically by title except for Pistol Passport, which is bound as part of Volume 1.
Volume 1

Bravo Trail (published under pseudonym Leigh Carder) and Pistol Passport (two manuscripts bound together)

Volume 2

Buckaroo

Volume 3

Deep Soundings (published under pseudonym Alan Corby)

Volume 4

Outlaw Justice (published under pseudonym Leigh Carder)

Volume 5

Quick Triggers

Volume 6

Ranger Way

Volume 7

Red Range

Volume 8

Riders of the Night

Volume 9

Trail of the Macaw

Volume 10

Triggernometry (volume 1 of 2)

Volume 11

Triggernometry (volume 2 of 2)

Volume 12

Whistling Lead

Box 1

Unbound manuscripts

Scope and Content Note

Includes
  • Buscadero Trail (and variant copy)
  • Buscadero's Own Book (by H. Ziplinski?)
  • Viva Buscadero
  • Nuestro Pueblo (re-write of Joseph Seewerker's Sketches)
 

II. Correspondence

Box 2

A-Bur

Box 3

Bus-Cru

Box 4

Cunningham, Cleve-Cunningham Eugene (to A-Cur)

Box 5

Cunningham, Eugene Lafayette (to Da-Holl)

Box 6

Cunningham, Eugene Lafayette (to Holm-McV)

Box 7

Cunningham, Eugene Lafayette (to Men-Saun)

Box 8

Cunningham, Eugene Lafayette (to Sco-Z)

Box 9

Cunningham, Istalena-First

Box 10

Fitch-Hicks

Box 11

Hill-Kjel

Box 12

Klin-Mont

Box 13

Mor-Pow

Box 14

Press-Sey

Box 15

Shar-Wall

Box 16

Walt-Z

 

III. Personal Papers

Box 17

Diaries, biographical data, business papers, etc.

Folder 1

Biographical data.

Folder 2

Miscellaneous business papers.

Folder 3

Navy data, 1919-1941.

Folder 4

Diaries, 1915-1917, 1917, and 1936.

Folder 5

Draft of Lorn Moray story in form of letter.

Folder 6

Miscellaneous lists, etc., and miscellaneous pieces about Thomas Cruse and his book.

Box 18

Miscellaneous notes, printed material, reviews, etc.

Folder 1

Miscellaneous printed material.

Folder 2

Notes: Gallery of Gunmen.

Folder 3

Notes, etc. for "Auguring"

Folder 4

Notes, etc.

Folder 5

Reviews, etc., miscellaneous

 

IV. Scrapbooks

Box 19

Scrapbooks

Volume 1

Clippings chiefly related to outlaws and crime. Approximately early 1920s

Volume 2

Clippings chiefly about Cunningham and his writings. Approximately 1920s

Box 20

Scrapbooks

Volume 1

"Fight Dope" [clippings chiefly related to outlaws and crime]. Approximately 1930s

Volume 2

"Personal" : chiefly clippings about Cunningham's work, reviews, etc. Approximately 1930s

Volume 3

"Riders of the Night" : chiefly clippings and ephemera related to publication. 1932-1935

Box 21

V. Photographs

Folder 1

Photographs of Western personalities.

Folder 2

Photographs of Western personalities.

Folder 3

Photographs of authors, actors, family (other photos are in Biographical Data in Box 17).

Folder 4

Photographs of Nicaragua and Guatemala [32 photographs].