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Title: Minnie Fisher Cunningham Collection, 1882-2017Add to your cart.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: This collection is arranged in chronological order and follows Mrs. Cunningham’s political career and subsequent events honoring her memory.

Subjects: United States - History, United States - Politics and government, Women's rights--History

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains biographical information, documents pertaining to Minnie Fisher Cunningham’s political career and fight for suffrage, newspaper clippings, articles, and information regarding historical celebrations and memorials in her honor.

Collection Historical Note

Minnie Fisher Cunningham was born in New Waverly, Texas on March 18, 1882. Minnie was the first female student of the University of Texas Medical Branch, where she earned a degree as a pharmacist. After graduating, she worked at S.D. Johnson’s Drug Store in Huntsville, Texas.

However, Mrs. Cunningham soon found another calling in politics. Minnie played an active role in campaigning for women’s suffrage, and was a vital part of the passing of the 19th amendment. Mrs. Cunningham ran for the United States Senate in 1928, less than a decade after the passing of women’s suffrage, making her the first woman to do so. Minnie was also a supporter of the New Deal and worked with the Texas Extension Service, Agriculture Adjustment Administration, and the Department of Agriculture to rectify the link between poverty and poor nutrition.

Minnie formed the Women’s Committee for Economic Policy in 1938, which helped elect Lyndon Johnson to the Senate. In 1940, she was selected as chief of the National Defense Advisory Commission Consumer Division’s Civil Contracts Unit. After her resignation in 1943, she returned to Texas.

Mrs. Cunningham again ran for public office in 1944, seeking a seat as Texas Governor. Minnie was opposed to then current Governor Coke Stevenson and what she perceived as attempts to undermine price controls set in place by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Although she lost the election bid, she was a large factor in the uniting of Texas Liberals at the time.

Minnie Fisher Cunningham remained committed to politics throughout her life. She was an active participant in the Democratic Party’s efforts against Texas Governor Allan Shivers and the so-called “Shivercrats”.  This prompted her to create the Texas Democratic Women’s State Committee (TDWSC) in 1953. The TDWSC later ran Mrs. Cunningham in the 1960 primary as “Favorite Daughter”.

Minnie Fisher Cunningham passed away on December 9, 1964, and was buried at the Hardy Cemetery in New Waverly, Texas. A historical marker was erected in her honor by the Walker County Historical Commission in 1991.

Subject/Index Terms

United States - History
United States - Politics and government
Women's rights--History

Administrative Information

Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

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The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Please contact the Newton Gresham Library's Special Collections and University Archives department to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image, text, audio or video recording.

Preferred Citation: Minnie Fisher Cunningham Collection. SHSU Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.


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Series 1Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Charles Dwyer Correspondence, 1981, April 21-1981, May 12Add to your cart.
Correspondence from and to Charles Dwyer regarding materials in the collection
Folder 2: Minnie Fisher Cunningham Biographical Materials, 1991, April 1- 2003, September 19Add to your cart.
Materials regarding the life of Minnie Fisher Cunningham
Folder 3: Minnie Fisher Cunningham Vital Records, 1182, march 18-1990, January 19Add to your cart.
Vital records for Minnie Fisher Cunningham, including copies of her birth and death certificates
Folder 4: Minnie Fisher Cunningham Photographs, Circa 1920's-1956Add to your cart.
Photographs of Minnie Fisher Cunningham
Folder 5: General Cunningham Correspondence, 1922, February 14- 1956, December 18; undatedAdd to your cart.
Professsional/political correspondence from and to Minnie Fisher Cunningham
Folder 6: Minnie Fisher Cunningham Pharmacist Career, 1893-1903Add to your cart.
Information regarding Minnie Fisher Cunningham's time as a pharmacist at Johnson Drug Store
Folder 7: National American Woman Suffrage Association, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Membership information for Minnie Fisher Cunningham from the National American Woman Suffrage Association
Folder 8: National League of Women Voters, 1927, April 29Add to your cart.
Program from event held by the National League of Women Voters
Folder 9: Women's National Democrat Club, 1926, October; UndatedAdd to your cart.
Program from event held by the Women's National Democrat Club, as well as a publication released by the organization
Folder 10: Texas Democratic Women's State Committee, 1950-1952; UndatedAdd to your cart.
Membership information for Minnie Fisher Cunningham, as well as a program for a memorial tribute held in her honor
Folder 11: General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1987, February 24-1987, June 27Add to your cart.
Internal correspondence from the General Federation of Women's Clubs
Folder 12: Campaign for Suffrage, 1915, October 13- 1920, February 20Add to your cart.
Pamphlets, articles, correspondence and other information regarding women's right to vote and Minnie Fisher Cunningham's involvement in the suffrage movement
Folder 13: Proposed Amendment for Suffrage, 1919Add to your cart.
Proposed Amendment to the State Constitution Providing for and Relation to Equal Suffrage (Senate Joint Resolution 7)
Folder 14: Women's History/Suffrage Anniversary Events, 1990, October 4- 2004, March 225Add to your cart.
Contains programs for events in celebration of women's history and the suffrage movement
Folder 15: Cunningham Speech Notes on International Affairs, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Notecards for a speech given on the Pan-American Gathering
Folder 16: Minnie Fisher Cunningham Senate Campaign, 1925-1928Add to your cart.
Information regarding Minnie Fisher Cunningham's campaign for the Texas Senate
Folder 17: Minnie Fisher Cunningham Governor Campaign, 1985, Feburary 28- 1990, October 4Add to your cart.
Information regarding Minnie Fisher Cunningham's campaign for Texas Governor
Folder 18: Minnie Fisher Cunningham DNC "Favorite Daughter" Campaign, 1956Add to your cart.
Information regarding Minnie Fisher Cunningham's campaign as the "Favorite Daughter" of the Democratic National Committee
Folder 19: Invitations to Cunningham, 1923, February 12- 1931, July 4; UndatedAdd to your cart.
Invitations sent to Minnie Fisher Cunningham from various government departments and other agencies
Folder 20: Materials by Minnie Fisher Cunningham, 1932, September 22- 1941, AprilAdd to your cart.
Articles, speeches, etc. written by Minnie Fisher Cunningham
Folder 21: Materials about Minnie Fisher Cunningham, 19759-1998; UndatedAdd to your cart.
Articles and essays written about Minnie Fisher Cunningham
Folder 22: Newspaper Clippings, 1917, May 16- 1929, August 4Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings and articles regarding suffrage and other topics of the time
Folder 23: Newspaper Clippings, 1930, May 24- 1938, July 1Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings and articles regarding Minnie Fisher Cunningham's political career
Folder 24: Newspaper Clippings, 1952, April 7- 1958, October 24Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings and articles regarding India Edwards, Cunningham's run for "Favorite Daughter", and the political climate of the time
Folder 25: Newspaper Clippings, 1960, January 1- 1971, October 3Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings and articles regarding Minnie Fisher Cunningham's passing and the political climate of the time
Folder 26: Newspaper Clippings, 1983, July 25- 1995, August 21Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings and articles regarding suffragists, Minnie Fisher Cunningham, and other political topics of the time
Folder 27: Newspaper Clippings, 2001, March 11- 2017, March 28Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings and articles regarding Minnie Fisher Cunningham and women in politics
Folder 28: Newspaper Clippings, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings regarding Cunningham and other political topics
Folder 29: Walker County Historical Commission Cunningham Memorial, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Correspondence, publications, and other documents related to the installation of a historical marker for Minnie Fisher Cunningham by the Walker County Historical Commission
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Resolution H.S.R. No. 564, 1965Add to your cart.
Resolution by the House of Representatives of the State of Texas honoring Minnie Fisher Cunningham
Folder 2: Minnie Fisher Cunningham Booklet, 1995Add to your cart.
Booklet compiled by Lindsey S. Clark, Sr. and the Huntsville Woman's Forum in honor of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the 18th Amendment
Folder 3: National American Woman Suffrage Association Certificate, 1920, February 16Add to your cart.
Certificate presented to Minnie Fisher Cunningham by the National American Woman Suffrage Association for distinguished service in the fight for women's suffrage

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