Fonds F-70 - Allan B. Cunningham fonds

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Allan B. Cunningham fonds

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  • 1961 - 1989 (Creation)
    Cunningham, Allan B.

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25 cm of textual records

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(- January 1988)

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Allan Cunningham was the first head of the History Department at Simon Fraser University. He obtained his BA degree from the University of Durham, and his MA and PhD degrees from the University of London. He was a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University, when he accepted an appointment to SFU in 1964 to set up the History Department. Cunningham was a specialist in the Middle East and Arab-Israeli relations. A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, the Royal Historical Society, and the Turkish Historical Society, Cunningham won a Guggenheim fellowship in 1979. He also served two terms as Dean of Arts during the early years of the University.

In addition to his career as a historian, Cunningham had a distinguished record as a spitfire pilot during World War II. He was also an accomplished painter and a well-known mountaineer. The Peak of the Brothers in the Andes is named after him and his brother, Frank Cunningham, who taught in SFU's geography department.

Allan Cunningham died in January 1988.

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Fonds consists primarily of the personal and professional correspondence of Allan Cunningham and a collection of historical essays about SFU.

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The fonds was donated to the Archives by Allan Cunningham's wife, Jean, and Professor Bill Cleveland. Allan Cunningham's file on Africa and the Middle East was donated in 1997 by Professor Philip Stigger. Series Two was collected after Cunningham's death by Don Baird, the University Archivist at the time.


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Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as stipulated by Archives policy or the donor. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.

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Consult the fonds of the Department of History, F 26 . Also consult the Simon Fraser University Archives sound collection for two cassettes of Cunningham: an oral history (100/12/1) and an interview about foreign travel (100/8/82).

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All accessions have been processed as of September 2002. No further accruals are expected.

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Finding aid prepared by Frances Fournier. Enid Britt (March 1999).

Updated by Enid Britt (April 2006).

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