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Guide to the Alexander Cuningham Papers, 1740-1918

Abstract

Merchant, from Petersburg, Va.

Business records and some personal correspondence of four generations of the Cuningham family, including Robert Cuningham; Alexander Cuningham, and his brother, Richard M. Cuningham; the latter's son, John Wilson Cuningham; and grandson, John Somerville Cuningham, all merchants and planters. The early papers center around Alexander and Richard's success as commission merchants for cotton and tobacco in Petersburg, Va., and the firm's planting interests in Person County, N.C. The collection also contains a few family letters, including some from Alexander Jr. while a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and from another son at Leasburg Academy, Caswell County, N.C. The papers of John Somerville Cuningham concern his work as a field agent for the Bureau of Crop Estimates, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, local politics, and family matters.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Cuningham, Alexander, d. ca. 1850.
Title
Alexander Cuningham papers, 1740-1918
Language of Material
English
Extent
6,371 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Business records and some personal correspondence of four generations of the Cuningham family, including Robert Cuningham; Alexander Cuningham, and his brother, Richard M. Cuningham; the latter's son, John Wilson Cuningham; and grandson, John Somerville Cuningham, all merchants and planters. The early papers center around Alexander and Richard's success as commission merchants for cotton and tobacco in Petersburg, Va., and the firm's planting interests in Person County, N.C. The collection also contains a few family letters, including some from Alexander Jr. while a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and from another son at Leasburg Academy, Caswell County, N.C. The papers of John Somerville Cuningham concern his work as a field agent for the Bureau of Crop Estimates, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, local politics, and family matters.

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Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1740-1818 April
Box 1
Papers, 1818 May-1820
Box 2
Papers, 1821-1823
Box 3
Papers, 1824-1825 Feb.
Box 4
Papers, 1825 March-June
Box 5
Papers, 1825 July-Dec.
Box 6
Papers, 1826
Box 7
Papers, 1827-1829
Box 8
Papers, 1830-1840
Box 9
Papers, 1841-1850
Box 10
Papers, 1851-1857
Box 11
Papers, 1858-1915
Box 12
Papers, 1916-1918 and undated
Box 13
Papers, undated
Box 14
Clippings
Box 14
Volumes
Box 14
Volume
Volume F:833
Volume
Volume F:838
Volume
Volume F:841
Volume
Volume F:842
Volume
Volume F:843
Volume
Volume F:845
Volume
Volume F:846
Volume
Volume F:848
Volume
Volume F:850
Volume
Volume F:852
Volume
Volume F:856
Volume
Volume F:864
Volume
Volume F:869
Volume
Volume L:840
Volume
Volume L:844
Volume
Volume L:847
Volume
Volume L:849
Volume
Volume L:851
Volume
Volume L:854
Volume
Volume L:859
Volume
Volume L:860
Volume
Volume L:861
Volume
Volume M:837

Historical Note

Merchant, from Petersburg, Va.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexander Cuningham Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Alexander Cuningham Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff

Encoded by Abraham Lee, January 2010

Accessions were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.