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Robert J. Cunningham fonds

DATES OF CREATION:
1975 - 1976

PHYSICAL EXTENT:
5cm of textual records; 552 photographs : b&w, 20 x 25.5 cm

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Robert J. Cunningham worked as an executive with a steel company and made his home in Sackville, New Brunswick. During the early 1970s he and Mr. John B. Prince, a forest products engineer and graduate of the University of New Brunswick (MSc.1938), researched and wrote a book entitled Tamped Clay and Saltmarsh Hay (artifacts of New Brunswick), University of New Brunswick Press, 1976. Both men were interested in the material culture of this province and obtained a Canada Council grant to produce this work.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
Textual records were brought to the Mount Allison University Archives by Mr. Cunningham in 1976, followed by the photographs in 1979.

SCOPE AND CONTENTS:
Fonds consists of the typescript for Tamped Clay and Saltmarsh Hay with corrections by both creators and publisher and photographs created and collected while carrying out research for this book.

The photographs are mainly, according to Mr. Cunningham, of articles manufactured in the Maritime Provinces before 1900 which are owned by residents of Sackville, New Brunswick and the surrounding area. Many, but not all of these images, are reproduced in the aforementioned publication. Mr. H. Lindsay Smith was hired by Mr. Cunningham as photographer to work on this project.

The photographs were arranged in eight series by E. Magee, University Librarian.
Series 1 - Pewter and miscellaneous iron and copperware
Series 2 - Chairs
Series 3 - Treen (wooden ware)
Series 4 - Glass
Series 5 - Silver and pottery
Series 6 - Furniture
Series 7 - Furniture
Series 8 - Clocks, dwellings, etc.

SOURCE OF TITLE:
Title based on contents of fonds

ACCRUALS:
Not expected

ASSOCIATED MATERIALS:
Not applicable

FINDING AIDS:
Inventory available at repository

IMMEDIATE SOURCE OF ACQUISITION:
Donated by Robert J. Cunningham in 1976 and 1979

LANGUAGE:
English

LOCATION OF ORIGINALS:
Mount Allison University Archives

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
Not available

RELATED RECORDS:
None known

RETRIEVAL NO:
7647 and 7922

REPOSITORY:
Mount Allison University Archives

RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS, USE AND REPRODUCTION:
Open for research purposes. Copying and/or publication only with written permission of the Mount Allison University Archives. In the case of photographic images included in fonds which were copied from the holdings of other repositories, the owning repository should be contacted directly.

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