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Joseph Cunningham
L364
1891-1942
6 Manuscript Boxes

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Processed by:  Amy C. Belcher, September 2003

Biographical Note:

Joseph Cunningham was born on July 23, 1853, in Ross County, Ohio.  He married Mary Amanda Anderson in 1874.  The couple had two daughters, Ora Cunningham Turner and Ada Cunningham Mosely.

Joseph Cunningham bred Poland China Swine on his farm near Loree, Indiana.  He also dealt in Plymouth Rock Poultry eggs.  He was a member of the State Board of Agriculture from 1902-1905.  He was also a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1899.  Joseph Cunningham died on May 21, 1906, in Miami County, Indiana.  Joseph Cunningham is honored as a member of the Indiana Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame.

Ora Cunningham Turner was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Cunningham.  The personal correspondence within the collection is mostly her correspondence with friends and family.  She was a student at Marion College in Marion, Indiana.  Ora Cunningham married Eli Barton Turner.  Her family took care of the farm after her father’s death.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists mainly of business correspondence between Joseph Cunningham and his clients.  Some of the more recurrent of his business correspondents were Morris Printing Company, printers of the Swine Breeders Journal, J. B. Luyster, Lloyd Mugg, C.M. Dayton, C.S. William & Sons, and S.B. Wenger.  The correspondence discusses the sale of Poland China Swine and Plymouth Rock Poultry eggs, including prices and pedigrees of the hogs.  Some of the letters discuss advertising in various trade journals as well.  Many letters inquire about Cunningham’s catalogs.  The business correspondence ranges from 1895-1919 with some of the years containing significantly more correspondence than others do.

Besides business correspondence, the collection also contains a few copies of American Swineherd, a magazine in which Joseph Cunningham & Company advertised.  These magazines date from 1905, 1906 and 1921.  Receipts in the form of cancelled checks are also present spanning the years 1906-1921, some years are better represented than others.  A catalog sales ledger from 1908 and a farm accounts business ledger from 1940-1942 are also included.

The other, smaller portion, of the collection is largely the personal correspondence of Ora Cunningham Turner.  Her correspondence spans from before and during her time at Marion College, as Ora Cunningham, to her married life with Eli Barton Turner, 1891-1917.  Three of Ora Cunningham’s school notebooks are also in the collection.  A few letters that were written to Mary (Manda(y)) Cunningham, Joseph’s wife, and Ada Cunningham, Joseph’s daughter are also included.  Finally, within the personal correspondence there is a 1913 photograph of a swine sold by the family and a report card from Joseph Turner, E. B. and Ora Turner’s son from 1922-23.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box/Folder Contents

1/1  Business Correspondence, 1895-1896
1/2  Business Correspondence, Jan. 1897-Apr. 1897
1/3  Business Correspondence, May 1897-June 1897
1/4  Business Correspondence, July 1897-Aug. 1897
1/5  Business Correspondence, Sept. 1897
1/6  Business Correspondence, Oct. 1897-Nov. 1897
1/7  Business Correspondence, Jan. 1898-Apr. 1898
1/8  Business Correspondence, May 1898-June 1898
1/9  Business Correspondence, July 1898
1/10  Business Correspondence, Aug. 1898
1/11  Business Correspondence, Sept. 1898
1/12  Business Correspondence, Oct. 1898
1/13  Business Correspondence, Nov. 1-13, 1898
1/14  Business Correspondence, Nov. 14-30, 1898

2/1  Business Correspondence, Dec. 1-16, 1898
2/2  Business Correspondence, Dec. 17-31, 1898
2/3  Business Correspondence, Jan. 1899
2/4  Business Correspondence, Feb. 1899
2/5  Business Correspondence, Mar. 1899
2/6  Business Correspondence, Apr. 1899
2/7  Business Correspondence, May 1899-June 1899
2/8  Business Correspondence, July 1899
2/9  Business Correspondence, Aug. 1899
2/10  Business Correspondence, Sept. 1899
2/11  Business Correspondence, Oct. 1899
2/12  Business Correspondence, Nov. 1-15, 1899
2/13  Business Correspondence, Nov. 16-30, 1899
2/14  Business Correspondence, Dec. 1-16, 1899
2/15  Business Correspondence, Dec. 17-31, 1899
2/16  Business Correspondence, Jan. 1-17, 1900
2/17  Business Correspondence, Jan. 18-31, 1900

3/1  Business Correspondence, Feb. 1900
3/2  Business Correspondence, Mar. 1-13, 1900
3/3  Business Correspondence, Mar. 14-31, 1900
3/4  Business Correspondence, Apr. 1900
3/5  Business Correspondence, May 1900
3/6  Business Correspondence, June 1900
3/7  Business Correspondence, July 1900
3/8  Business Correspondence, Aug. 1900
3/9   Business Correspondence, Sept. 1900
3/10  Business Correspondence, Oct. 1900
3/11  Business Correspondence, Nov.-Dec. 1900
3/12  Business Correspondence, 1901
3/13  Business Correspondence, 1902
3/14  Business Correspondence, Jan. 1903
3/15  Business Correspondence, Feb. 1903
3/16  Business Correspondence, Mar. 1903
3/17  Business Correspondence, Apr.-May 1903
3/18  Business Correspondence, June-July 1903

4/1  Business Correspondence, Aug. 1903
4/2  Business Correspondence, Sept. 1903
4/3  Business Correspondence, Oct. 1903
4/4   Business Correspondence, Nov.-Dec. 1903
4/5  Business Correspondence, 1904
4/6  Business Correspondence, Jan. 1-17, 1905
4/7  Business Correspondence, Jan. 18-31, 1905
4/8  Business Correspondence, Feb. 1-15, 1905
4/9  Business Correspondence, Feb. 16-28, 1905
4/10  Business Correspondence, Mar. 1905
4/11  Business Correspondence, Apr. 1905
4/12  Business Correspondence, May 1905
4/13  Business Correspondence, June 1905
4/14  Business Correspondence, July 1905
4/15  Business Correspondence, Aug. 1905

5/1  Business Correspondence, 1910, 1912,1916,1918,1919
5/2  Business Correspondence, no date
5/3  Business Correspondence, no date
5/4  American Swineherd, magazine, Dec. 1905, June 1906, page from Jan. or  
  Feb. 1912, Feb. 1921
5/5  Ledger Cover, no date
5/6  Business Ledger, 1940-1942

Box/Envelope

5/1  Receipts, 1906
5/2  Receipts, 1907
5/3  Receipts, 1908
5/4  Receipts, 1909
5/5  Receipts, 1910 & 1911
5/6  Receipts, 1912
5/7  Receipts, 1913
5/8  Receipts, 1914
5/9  Receipts, 1915
5/10  Receipts, 1916, 1917, 1918
5/11  Receipts, 1919
5/12  Receipts, 1920
5/13  Receipts, 1921
5/14  Catalog Sales Ledger, 1908

Box/Folder

6/1  Personal Correspondence of Ora Cunningham, 1891, 1892,
Feb.-Sept. 1893
6/2  Personal Correspondence of Ora Cunningham, Oct.-Dec. 1893
6/3  Personal Correspondence of Ora Cunningham, Jan.-Feb. 1894
6/4  Personal Correspondence of Ora Cunningham, Mar.-June 1894
6/5  Personal Correspondence of Ora Cunningham, Aug.-Oct. 1894
6/6  Personal Correspondence of Ora Cunningham, Nov.-Dec. 1894  
6/7  Personal Correspondence of Ora Cunningham, Jan.-Apr. 1895
6/8 Personal Correspondence of Ora Cunningham, May-Nov. 1895,
Personal Correspondence of Ora Cunningham Turner, 1896, 1897
6/9  Personal Correspondence of Ora Cunningham Turner, 1908-1917
  Report Card of Joseph Turner, 1922-1923
6/10  Personal Correspondence of Ora Cunningham Turner, no date
  Photograph of a Hog sold in 1913
6/11 Personal Correspondence of Mrs. Mary and Miss Ada Cunningham, various dates
6/12  School Notebooks of Ora Cunningham, no date

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 6 manuscript boxes
Collection Dates: 1891-1942
Provenance: Edwena Turner, 22 July 1985
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None
Notes: None