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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Lillian Cunningham Letters MSS.2691


Finding aid prepared by Amanda Haldy.


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

March, 2010.


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Collection Title:

Lillian Cunningham Letters

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


2.0 Linear feet (Letters and evelopes; some miscellaneous papers and snapshots)


Bulk, 1915-1920




This is a collection of love letters and friendly correspondence from Alabama and Mississippi, addressed to Lillian Cunningham of Tuscaloosa, with the bulk of the contents originating in the latter part of the 1910’s. There is also a small collection of older sister Daphne Cunningham's correspondence.

Preferred Citation:

Lillian Cunningham Letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Biographical/Historical note

Lillian Cunningham was born in 1900 in Mississippi and lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama and was a member of the Kappa Delta social sorority. She passed away in Tuscaloosa in 1995.

Scope and Contents note

Contains love letters and friendly correspondence addressed to Lillian Cunningham of Tuscaloosa, with the bulk of the contents originating in the latter part of the 1910’s. While there is a small collection of letters from Cunningham’s mother and from a girlfriend, Neavis Quarles, the majority of letters represent the love interests of young men of Alabama and Mississippi, from such towns as Tupelo, Mississippi; Shannon, Mississippi; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Birmingham, Alabama; and Mobile, Alabama. One young man, Miller Allen, moved to Fresno California, and wrote a majority of his correspondence from there. A few of the young men, prominently including Miller Allen and Tip Robins, were enlisted during the Great War (World War One), with Miller Allen serving as a Sergeant in France and Germany, and Tip Robins training at naval air force bases around the East Coast and South East.

This collection also includes a small collection of similar letters addressed to Lillian Cunningham’s older sister, Daphne (nee Cunningham) Smith. Among the miscellaneous papers are Lillian’s notice of acceptance into the Kappa Delta social sorority of the Univeristy of Alabama, a 1911 Certificate of Confirmation for Daphne (nee Cunningham) Smith’s husband, Merrill Pratt Smith, and assorted snapshots of unidentified girls and boys, dated 1905. There are also a handful of postcards and greeting cards; most letters are handwritten, though a few are typewritten.

Acquisition Information:

Anonymous gift, 2009.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Amanda Haldy, 2010.

OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE, 1918 Box 2691.002 Folder 10


Components in Detail

Miller Allen, 1914-15 Box 2691.001 Folder 1

Miller Allen, 1915 Box 2691.001 Folder 2

Miller Allen, 1916 Box 2691.001 Folder 3

Miller Allen, 1916 Box 2691.001 Folder 4

Miller Allen, 1917-18 Box 2691.001 Folder 5

Miller Allen, 1918-19 Box 2691.001 Folder 6

Mastin, 1918 Box 2691.001 Folder 7

Mastin, 1919-21 Box 2691.001 Folder 8

Tip Robins, 1918 Box 2691.001 Folder 9

Tip Robins, 1918-20 Box 2691.001 Folder 10

Joe Clark, 1915-17 Box 2691.002 Folder 1

Seale Vaughan, 1916 Box 2691.002 Folder 2

Seale Vaughan, 1917-20 Box 2691.002 Folder 3

Jack, 1917-19 Box 2691.002 Folder 4

Billy, 1918 Box 2691.002 Folder 5

Bill Whitesides, 1916-22 Box 2691.002 Folder 6

Neavis Quarles, 1918-20 Box 2691.002 Folder 7

Annie Cunningham (Mother), 1916-19 Box 2691.002 Folder 8

Miscellaneous, 1907-67 Box 2691.002 Folder 9



Components in Detail

Outgoing Box 2691.002 Folder 16

Incoming: Joe Clark, 1911-17 Box 2691.002 Folder 12

Incoming: Paul Allen, 1911-14 Box 2691.002 Folder 13

Incoming: James J. Durr, 1913-14 Box 2691.002 Folder 14

Incoming: Miscellaneous, 1914-18 Box 2691.002 Folder 15

Miscellaneous Papers Box 2691.002 Folder 17