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David Cunningham fonds


Physical Description:
25 cm of textual records. -- ca. 1000 photographs : b&w negatives ; 35 mm ; slides ; photoprints

David Cunningham was born in Calgary, Alberta on September 15, 1952 to parents Glenn Elmer Cunningham and Henrietta Jesse Dunnet. He attended Parkdale, Balmoral and Crescent Heights High schools; was a member of the Boy Scouts; and was a server at St. Michael and All Angels Church. He attended the University of Calgary where he also did graduate studies in industrial design. While in his teens, he apprenticed as a European-style cabinet maker at Weismose Furniture. He later worked as supervisor of Exhibit Production at the Glenbow Museum; worked as a senior designer at the National Gallery of Canada; and since 1988 has been project manager at the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology. He has also worked as a consultant on exhibit design and facility planning for the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec, the Chinese Cultural Centre and Holocaust Education Centre in Vancouver, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Pakistan Pavilion at Expo '86.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Boy Scout scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs and memorabilia collected while a member of the 5th Calgary Troop; server's manuals and information on St. Michael and All Angels Church; correspondence and memorabilia relating to graduation from Balmoral Junior High School and Crescent Heights High School; photographs taken during last year of high school and first year of university which depict popular culture in Calgary at the time (nuclear protests, rock concerts, fashions); project reports and slides for Environmental Design Studies courses at the University of Calgary; advertiques, greeting cards, scrapbook of royal visit; photographs of Medalta Potteries, elevator fire, bears, Bonnet Glacier, Calgary buildings, Heritage Park and aircraft. Also includes certificates, correspondence and photographs relating to the life and career of Glenn Elmer Cunningham, including service in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of David Cunningham, 2006-2018.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
A selection of the photos are scanned and may be viewed via the link below.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-9185, NA-5689

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