David W. Cunningham kept a daily diary
from 1883-1900. In them he recorded a variety of details describing daily life. Nine such
diaries make up the collection. Entries are brief, taking about half of a page in the pocket
David West Cunningham was born in Boston, MA December 24, 1829. After attending Harvard
University he worked as a civil engineer. He is known primarily for his work on waterworks
and railroads, including the Cochituate Aqueduct, the Manchester and Lawrence Railroad, and
the Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Railroad. He also worked for the Lowell (MA) Waterworks,
the Stillwater (MN) Water works, the Tarkio Valley (MO) Railroad, and consulted on the
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