University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Minnie Fisher Cunningham Papers, 1893-1992



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cunningham, Minnie Fisher, 1882-1964
Title: Minnie Fisher Cunningham Papers
Dates: 1893-1992
Abstract: The Minnie Fisher Cunningham Papers contain campaign material, correspondence, biographies, and other documents that shed light on her life and activities. Minnie Fisher Cunningham (1882-1964), nicknamed “Minnie Fish” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was a Texas suffragette and political leader, who cofounded and served on several voting and political clubs.
Accession No.: 90-176; 90-282; 92-291; 2002-136; 2009-282
Extent: 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Minnie Fisher Cunningham (1882-1964), nicknamed “Minnie Fish” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was a Texas suffragette and political leader, who cofounded and served on several voting and political clubs. In 1901, she became one of the first three women to graduate from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston with a pharmacy degree, and in 1928 she ran as the first female candidate from Texas for the U.S. Senate. In 1944, she came in second out of nine in a race for governor, losing to incumbent Coke Stephenson.


Scope and Contents

The Minnie Fisher Cunningham Papers contain campaign material, correspondence, biographies, and other documents that shed light on her life and activities.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cunningham, Minnie Fisher, 1882-1964 -- Archives.
Carpenter, Liz -- Archives.
Subjects
Women -- Suffrage -- Texas -- History.
Political campaigns -- Texas -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Places
Texas -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950 -- Sources.

Related Material

See also Jane Y. and Arthur N. McCallum Family Papers, 1894-1982; Martin M. Crane Papers, 1834-1973; Austin Women's Suffrage Association Records, 1908-1915; Mrs. Percy V. Pennybacker Papers, 1878-1938; and Mrs. Walter B. "Estelle B." Sharp Papers, 1899-1937.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Minnie Fisher Cunningham Papers, 1893-1992, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Laurel Rozema, October 2009.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/F37 Correspondence, 1893, 1922, 1944, undated
Broadcasts, July-October 1944
Checkbook for Cunningham Campaign Headquarters, 1928
Publications, 1931
Song lyrics
Special Commission to State Military Welfare Commission for MFC by Gov. W.P. Hobby, [ca. 1917-1921]
UT Committee on the Foundation for Child Welfare and Parent Education, 1930
Liz Carpenter papers:
Dedication of Texas Historical Marker for MFC, 1992
Trish Cunningham fellowship application, 1984
Biographical material on MFC:
Notes, undated
"Roosevelt Nicknamed Her" and another biography by John Carroll Eudy, 1982, undated
"Minnie Fisher Cunningham" by Glenn K. Polan, thesis for MA in History at Sam Houston State College, 1968
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3T71 Photographs and postcard, 1920-1928, 1990, undated