Papers of Fannie Cunningham
Scope and Contents
The Papers of Fannie Cunningham consists of documents dated 1892 to 1965, with the bulk falling from 1892 to 1927. The collection documents her college studies, along with some of her later writing on topics including westward expansion, local pioneers, and the western landscape. In addition to family, friends, and travels, Fannie also photographed landscapes, rivers, canyons, and ditches in northern Colorado, especially the Michigan Ditch and camp above the Poudre Canyon. Materials include photographs, essays and other writing, newspaper clippings (primarily political and military cartoons from World War I), her college diploma, and one artifact.
- Majority of material found within 1892-1927
- Cunningham, Frances Schelt (Person)
Restrictions on Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Restrictions on Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
Fannie Cunningham spent most of her long life in the Fort Collins area. She was born Frances Schelt in Loveland, Colorado, in 1872. The family eventually moved to the south side of Fort Collins. Schelt attended the Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University) and graduated in 1895. She was very active in college and highly regarded for her oratory and writing skills, winning several competitions in Fort Collins.
After graduation, Schelt taught for about eight years in Fort Collins and Loveland public schools. In 1903, Schelt married Frank Cunningham, a Fort Collins resident whose family had a homestead on South Shields Street, quite well known as Cunningham Corner. The couple had one son, Francis, who had developmental disabilities and lived with his parents his whole life.
Mrs. Cunningham was a member of the Pioneer Association, the Columbian Club, other clubs, and the Catholic church. She died in 1967 and is buried in Grandview Cemetery.
2 linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 flat box, 1 flat file)
Language of Materials
Frances "Fannie" Schelt Cunningham (1872-1967) graduated from Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University) in 1895. Following college, she taught in local public schools until she married Frank Cunningham in 1903. The collection documents her college studies, along with some of her later writing on topics including westward expansion, local pioneers, and the western landscape. Cunningham also photographed landscapes, rivers, canyons, and ditches in northern Colorado, especially the Michigan Ditch and camp in the Poudre Canyon. Materials include photographs, essays and other writings, newspaper clippings, her college diploma, and an artifact.
The collection consists of 2 series in 3 boxes and 1 oversize folder:
Series 1: Papers, 1892-1965 and undated
Series 2: Photographs, 1893-1955 and undated
The Papers of Fannie Cunningham was donated by Danny Rogers, whose family was close to the Cunninghams when he was young, to the Water Resources Archive in May 2018.
Processing was completed in May 2018. All materials were rehoused in archival boxes and folders. Loose photographs were sleeved. Metal fasteners were removed. The diploma was flattened for oversize storage.
- Cache la Poudre River (Colo.)
- Colorado Agricultural College.
- Cunningham, Frances Schelt.
- Fort Collins (Colo.)
- Irrigation canals and flumes -- Colorado.
- Larimer County (Colo.)
- North Poudre Irrigation Company
- Water resources development -- Colorado.
- Women college graduates.
- Women teachers.
- Guide to the Papers of Fannie Cunningham
- Edited Full Draft
- Prepared by Patricia J. Rettig
- Copyright 2018
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA