Texas Archival Resources Online

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

General

Papers of William A. Cunningham

Papers of E. P. Schoch

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William Aaron Cunningham Papers, 1916-1986



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cunningham, William A. (William Aaron), 1904-1987
Title: Cunningham, William A., Papers
Dates: 1916-1986
Abstract: William Aaron ("Bill") Cunningham was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin from 1941 to 1971. He served as Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department three times and as Associate Director of the College of Engineering Bureau of Engineering Research, along with serving on several UT committees. The papers include course materials, publications, correspondence, and other materials created by Cunningham and his doctoral supervisor and mentor, Dr. Eugene Paul (E. P.) Schoch.
Accession No.: 88-158; 99-075
OCLC No.: 960855278
Extent: 3 ft., 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

William Aaron ("Bill") Cunningham was born on May 22, 1904, in Comanche, Texas. He earned his BS (1927), Master's Degree (1929), and PhD (1941) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Between earning his Master's and his PhD, Cunningham was employed with the Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company in Ft. Worth, the Freeport Sulphur Company in Freeport, and the Texas Potash Corporation in Austin, Texas. He left a job at University of Texas Lands in San Angelo to continue his graduate studies at UT.

While enrolled as a graduate student at UT, Cunningham became an instructor in Chemical Engineering (1935 to 1936), and later worked for the Bureau of Industrial Chemistry, from 1939 to 1941. He was supervised in his doctoral studies by his lifetime mentor, Dr. Eugene Paul (E. P.) Schoch. He joined the faculty of the UT Chemical Engineering Department in 1941 as a full-time Associate Professor, becoming full Professor in 1943 and retiring in 1971. He was then appointed Professor Emeritus and continued to work in the Department until his death. Dr. Cunningham stayed active in industrial practice by doing summer and consulting work with companies including Dow Chemical, Monsanto, Gulf Oil, and Humble Oil and Refining.

At UT, Dr. Cunningham served as Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department three times and as Associate Director of the College of Engineering Bureau of Engineering Research, along with serving on several UT committees. He was an active member of many professional organizations and societies, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the Friar Society, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi, and in 1939 he founded and later served as National Secretary and National President of Omega Chi Epsilon, a national honor society for chemical engineering students. He was Associate Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design and also served as President of Chemoil Consultants and the University Federal Credit Union. Additionally, Dr. Cunningham was a member of the National Research Council Advisory Committee (to the Coast Guard) on Hazardous Materials.

Dr. Cunningham was the recipient of many significant recognitions and awards, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented by the UT Ex-Students' Association (1986), and, in 1974, the establishment by former students of the W. A. (Bill) Cunningham Professorship in Chemical Engineering. He married his wife Mary in 1930 and the couple had four children. After he retired from teaching, he compiled and wrote a history of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Cunningham died at his home in Austin on September 2, 1987.

Source:

In Memoriam: William A. Cunningham, UT Office of the General Faculty & Faculty Council

Return to the Table of Contents


Scope and Contents

The William Aaron Cunningham Papers, 1916-1986, contain course materials, publications, reports, articles, manuscripts, notes, lectures, photographs, correspondence, and printed material created by Cunningham and by Eugene Paul Schoch, Cunningham's doctoral supervisor and lifetime mentor. Papers of Cunningham pertain to the University of Texas at Austin Chemical Engineering Department and to chemical engineering, and include Cunningham's Master Thesis for his BS in Chemical Engineering from UT and registry books from 1942 to 1977.

Papers of E. P. Schoch relate to the UT Department of Chemical Engineering, the Bureau of Industrial Chemistry, the Chemical Experimental Division, the renaming of the Chemical Engineering Building to the E. P. Schoch Laboratories, and to the E. P. Schoch Lectures in Chemical Engineering, 1956-1963.

Return to the Table of Contents


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Return to the Table of Contents


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cunningham, William A. (William Aaron), 1904-1987
Schoch, Eugene P. (Eugene Paul), 1871-1961
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Department of Chemical Engineering
Subjects
Chemical engineering.
Lectures.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

Return to the Table of Contents


Related Material

See also Eugene Paul Schoch Papers, 1859-1967

Return to the Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Aaron Cunningham Papers, 1916-1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessi Fishman, June 2016.

Return to the Table of Contents


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

General

box
99-075/1 Letter from Barker Texas History Center with inventory of Schoch Papers, January 1984
New requirements for PhD students by UT Austin, 1930
Publications and printed material pertaining to chemical engineering, 1926-1930, 1955-1956

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Papers of William A. Cunningham

box
99-075/1 General, 1974, 1984, undated
Correspondence
Received, A-Z, 1961, 1983-1985
Sent, A-Z, 1982-1986
Received-sent, A-Z, 1963, 1983-1985
Master Thesis for BS in Chemical Engineering from UT Austin, June 1929
Publications and printed material, 1935, 1983-1984, undated
Photographs, 1983-1984, undated
box
99-075/2 Registry book, 1942-1949
Registry book, 1950-1960
Registry book, 1960-1977
Miscellaneous, 1949, undated
box
CDL roll Board for Lease University Land map, private property of Wm. A. Cunningham, undated

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Papers of E. P. Schoch

box
88-158/1 General UT, College of Engineering, 1931-1939
Correspondence
Received, A-Z, 1927-1939
Sent, A-Z, 1932-1939
Bureau of Industrial Chemistry (BIC)
General/administrative documents, 1923-1931, undated
Budget documents, 1927-1945, undated
Correspondence, 1927-1939
Financial documents, 1927-1939
Notes, undated
Chemical Experimental Division
General/administrative documents, 1926-1928, undated
Correspondence, 1917-1925
Financial documents, 1916-1925
Minutes, 1915, 1917
Department of Chemical Engineering
Administrative documents, 1920-1939, undated
Correspondence, 1929-1939, undated
Financial documents, 1918-1936
Teacher's reports, 1930-1934
Schoch's teaching work
Students' register materials, 1923-1932, undated
Teacher's reports, 1920-1939
box
88-158/2 President's Advisory Committee on Engineering Instruction, 1928
Renaming of the Chemical Engineering Building to the E. P. Schoch Laboratories
Correspondence, 1969
Financial documents of ceremony, 1969
Lecture on memorial activities, 1969
Memorandum, 1969
Schoch Lectures, 1956-1963
Patent materials, 1934-1936, undated
Supplementary Report - Austin City Water Survey, 1922
Articles, publications, and printed material
Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors, 1926
box
88-158/3 Publications and articles, 1939-1950
Acetylene by Electric Discharge, November 1959
Course materials
Notes and readings, BIC 1-29
Reports and readings, BIC 12, 1942-1948, undated
Reports and readings, BIC 22, 1947
box
88-158/4 Flow sheets and drawings, BIC 22B, undated
Speeches by E. P. Schoch and data for Texas industries, BIC 27, 1939-1943
Radio talks by E. P. Schoch on Texas industry, BIC 28, 1939-1941
Reports and readings, Chem. E. 373, 1946
Report on the University of Texas Acetylene Processes, March 1943
Revised Efficiencies of Acetylene Production from Various Hydrocarbon Feeds: A Report Submitted to Dr. E. P. Schoch by Archie S. Kasperik, Senior Chemical Engineer, Bureau of Industrial Chemistry, UT, February 1948
Brief - The Schoch Electric Discharge Process, March 1948
Manuscript drafts, 1958-1959

Return to the Table of Contents