Bert Cunningham papers, 1927-1943

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Cunningham, Bert, 1883-1943
Bert Cunningham was a professor of Biology and Zoology at Trinity College and Duke University from 1916-1943. His collection includes the manuscript and illustrations for his book Introduction to Biology for the College Students, as well as professional correspondence.
2.2 Linear Feet
250 Items
Material in English
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates > 02 -- Individuals


Scope and content:

Collection contains correspondence relating to the Duke Department of Zoology, the N.C. Academy of Science, and the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Also includes a final revised typescript copy of Cunningham's Introduction to Biology for the College Students as well as correspondence relating to the possible publication of this book.

Biographical / historical:

Cunningham was born in McLean County, Illinois in 1883. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1908 and 1909, respectively, his A.M. from Trinity College in 1916 and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1920. At Trinity College, he served as president of the Faculty Club and chairman of the schedule committee of the university. In 1911, he first came to Durham to chair the High School Science Department. He joined the Trinity College faculty as instructor of Biology in 1916, specializing in endocrinology, histology and heredity. His Axial Bifurcation in Serpents: An Historical Survey of Serpent Monsters Having Part of the Axial was published in 1937 by Duke University Press. Cunningham died in 1943, before his book Introduction to Biology for the College Students could be published.

Acquisition information:
The Bert Cunningham Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1948; 1960.
Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Wood, December 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, January 2007

Accessions A48-2308, A60-260 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

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Zoology -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Duke University -- History -- 20th century
Duke University -- Faculty
Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) -- History -- 20th century
Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) -- Faculty
Duke University. Department of Zoology
Cunningham, Bert, 1883-1943


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[Identification of item], Bert Cunningham Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.