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Robert E. Cunningham: Oklahoma Photographer

Robert E. Cunningham, photograph collector and Stillwater photographer, chronicled the development of Oklahoma through his historical acquisitions and personal photographs. Cunningham's collection records Oklahoma's development from 1883 through the 21st century. The collection contains an extensive assemblage of negatives, photographs, documents and other archival materials. Please also view the Guide to the Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection.

This diverse negative and photographic collection reflects the work of such notable photographers as W. S. Prettyman, Andrew Alexander Forbes, Vince Dillon, G. B. Cornish, I. H. Bonsall, D. S. Mitchell, and C. P. Wickmiller. The largest portion of the collection consists of more than 500 images produced by Stillwater, Oklahoma frontier photographer Henry Madison Wantland. Later Stillwater pharmacist, hunter and amateur photographer Vince Dillon befriended many Native Americans to document life on the plains during the early 1900s. His images record life on the 101 Ranch, Bliss, Oklahoma, and Native American chiefs and tribal life within Oklahoma. Some of the most prolific frontier photographers within the collection are C. P. Wickmiller, D. S. Mitchell, Andrew Alexander Forbes, W. S. Prettyman, and I. H. Bonsall. Seven original Wickmiller prints provide a photographic record of Captain David L. Payne, Captain William L. Couch and the "Boomers" entering and leaving Indian Territory in 1883. I. H. Bonsall, apprentice under Mathew B. Brady, recorded 1860s Civil War portraits, structures and cities. In the 1870s he traveled to Arkansas City, Kansas and photographed Couch and Payne parties before departing for Oklahoma Territory. D. S. Mitchell recorded the 1889 land run and growth of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Of the most famous and widely duplicated historical photographs in the collection are Prettyman's (1858-1932) and Forbes' images of the 1893 Cherokee Strip opening. Other Oklahoma historical subjects within his collection document Guthrie, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University (A & M College), Oklahoma homesteading, and oil drilling within the state.

101 Ranch

2000.005.9.0410 Miller Brothers' 101 Ranch road sign, Bliss, Oklahoma, ca. 1910.
Photographer: Vince Dillon.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0410

2000.005.9.0462 101 Ranch buildings, ca. 1910.
Photographer: Vince Dillon.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0462

2000.005.9.0417 101 Ranch Packing House and Tannery, ca. 1910.
Photographer: Vince Dillon.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0417

2000.005.9.0419 101 Ranch store, 1922.
Photographer: Vince Dillon.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0419

2000.005.9.0433 101 Ranch dairy barn, ca. 1910.
Photographer: Vince Dillon.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0433

2000.005.9.0447 "White House" at the 101 Ranch with ostriches, ca. 1910.
Photographer: Vince Dillon.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0447

2000.005.4.133 101 Ranch. Elephant pulling plow, ca. 1910.
Photographer: Vince Dillon.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.4.133

2000.005.9.0384 Joe Miller, eldest of the brothers, who supervised the agricultural operations of the ranch is pictured with an Arabian stallion, "Ben Hur."
Photographer: Vince Dillon.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0384

101 Ranch Program, 1905 Souvenir Program from 101 Ranch show for the National Editorial Association meeting, June 1905.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection

2000.005.9.0537 Miller Brothers Wild West Show, ca. 1910.
Photographer: Vince Dillon.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0537

Animals

2000.005.2.0247 Dog, carte de Visite, ca. 1910.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.2.0247

2000.005.4.005A Livestock, Stillwater, Oklahoma, ca. 1912.
Photographer: Henry M. Wantland.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.4.005A

2000.005.4.098 Horse with mane, Stillwater, Oklahoma, ca. 1915.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.4.098

I. H. Bonsall Photograph Studio

2000.005.5.034 I. H. Bonsall photograph studio. Arkansas City, Kansas, ca. 1875.
Photographer: I. H. Bonsall.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.5.034

Guthrie, Oklahoma

2000.005.9.0631 Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, 1889.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0631

2000.005.9.2005 Forming in line to vote for mayor, Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, 1889.
Photographer: D. S. Mitchell.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.2005

2000.005.9.0620 Stage station between Guthrie & Kingfisher, Oklahoma Territory, June 4th, 1889.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0620

2000.005.9.2012 Harrison Avenue, Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, June 7, 1889.
Photographer: D. S. Mitchell.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.2012

2000.005.9.1996 First Delegate Convention of the 4th Ward, Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, May 31, 1889.
Photographer: D. S. Mitchell.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1996

2000.005.9.0623 First school in Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, June 11, 1889.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0623

Homesteading

2000.005.9.0681 Wantland homestead, south of Stillwater, Oklahoma Territory, ca. 1890s.
Photographer: Henry M. Wantland.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0681

2000.005.9.0680 Frontier home, Oklahoma Territory, ca. 1890s.
Photographer: Henry M. Wantland.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0680

2000.005.4.128 Human family home, Oklahoma, 1915.
Photographer: Henry M. Wantland.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.4.128

2000.005.9.0688 G. W. Clark homestead later Otego, Oklahoma Territory, ca. 1890s.
Photographer: Henry M. Wantland.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0688

2000.005.9.0693 Charles Donart homestead in Couch Park, Stillwater, Oklahoma Territory, ca. 1890s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0693

2000.005.9.0695 "The A. L. Hackett family could boast of one of the best homes in the Iowa and Sac & Fox country in 1892, one year after it was opened to white settlement." Oklahoma Territory, 1892.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0695

2000.005.9.0739 Harvest scene, Payne county, Oklahoma, 1918.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0739

Land Run, 1889

2000.005.9.1913 Base camp before the 1889 land run. Boomers at Arkansas City, Kansas, 1889.
Photographer: William S. Prettyman.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1913

2000.005.9.1446 Boomers on Kansas state line, April 19th, 1889.
Photographer: William S. Prettyman.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1446

2000.005.9.1911 In the groves along Walnut River, Kansas, 1889.
Photographer: William S. Prettyman.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1911

2000.005.9.1918 Waiting for land run at Purcell, Oklahoma Territory, 1889. Photographer: William S. Prettyman.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1918

2000.005.1925 Land run crossing on a railroad bridge, 1889.
Photographer: William S. Prettyman.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.1925

2000.005.9.1961 Holding down a town lot in Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, 1889.
Photographer: D. S. Mitchell.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1961

2000.005.9.1939 Troopers guarding Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe trains during land run, 1889.
Photographer: D. S. Mitchell.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1939

2000.005.9.1944 Oklahoma Avenue, Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, May 18, 1889.
Photographer: D. S. Mitchell.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1944

2000.005.9.1953 U.S. troops on duty near post office, Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, 1889. Troops needed for post office delivery.
Photographer: D. S. Mitchell.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1953

2000.005.9.1969 Business enterprise, Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, 1889. Photographer: D. S. Mitchell.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1969

Land Run 1893

2000.005.9.1857 Moving down from Kansas to line up for land run of 1893.
Photographer: William S. Prettyman.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1857

2000.005.9.1862 Outfitting on north line for 1893 land run.
Photographer: William S. Prettyman.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1862

2000.005.9.1860 Boomers preparing for 1893 land run, September 15, 1893, Orlando, Oklahoma Territory.
Photographer: William S. Prettyman.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1860

2000.005.9.1853 On the line registering for 1893 land run, September, 11 1893. Photographer: William S. Prettyman.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1853

2000.005.9.1859 Boomers camp Kingfisher, Oklahoma Territory, April 15, 1892. Photographer: A. A. Forbes.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1859

2000.005.9.1865 North line of 1893 land run.
Photographer: William S. Prettyman.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1865

2000.005.9.1886 Jumping railroad right of way and fighting for passes at Perry, October 20, 1893.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1886

2000.005.9.1872 Start of 1893 land run.
Photographer: A. A. Forbes.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1872

2000.005.9.1876 Hells Acre, Perry, Oklahoma Territory, September 23, 1893.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1876

2000.005.9.1887 Hells Half Acre, Perry, Oklahoma Territory, 1893.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1887

Billy McGinty

2000.005.9.0047 Billy McGinty & wife, unknown date.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0047

2000.005.9.0046 Billy McGinty, Stillwater, Oklahoma, unknown date.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.0046

Military

2000.005.9.1931 Officers row, Troop D, 5th Cavalry, camp near Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, 1889.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1931

2000.005.9.1933 "Camp Guthrie," Troop D, 5th Cavalry. Captian H. G. Cavenaugh Com'd., 1889.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1933

2000.005.9.1935 U. S. Troop D, 5th Cavalry, 1889.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1935

2000.005.9.1936 U. S. Troop D, 5th Cavalry, watering horses, 1889.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1936

2000.005.0012 Fort Sill, 1889.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.0012

Oil

2000.005.9.1086 $40,000.00 well, Quay, Oklahoma, ca. 1910s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1086

2000.005.9.1090 Paradise, Oklahoma, ca. 1930s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1090

2000.005.9.1100 Glenn Pool, Oklahoma, ca. 1910s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1100

2000.005.9.1103 Cushing, Oklahoma, 1912.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1103

2000.005.9.1105 Oil field, Fairfax, Oklahoma, ca. 1920s.
Photographer: Vince Dillon.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1105

2000.005.9.1107 Cimarron River, Cushing oil field, Oklahoma, ca. 1920s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1107

2000.005.9.1109 Moving 15 ton 150 H.P. Engine to Midgo gasoline plant, W. J. Scribner Contractor, ca. 1920s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1109

2000.005.9.1114 Clayton, Oklahoma, ca. 1920s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1114

2000.005.9.1123 In the oil fields, Osage County, Oklahoma, ca. 1920s.
Photographer: Vince Dillon.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1123

2000.005.9.1135 Gray City, Oklahoma, ca. 1930s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1135

2000.005.9.1137 Cushing, Oklahoma, ca. 1910s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1137

Oklahoma State University

2000.005.9.1325 Raw prairie site of Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU] campus, Stillwater, Oklahoma Territory, ca. 1890s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1325

2000.005.9.1335 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU] campus, Stillwater, Oklahoma Territory, 1900.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1335

2000.005.9.1329 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], Old Central, still under construction, Stillwater, Oklahoma Territory, May 3, 1893.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1329

2000.005.9.1328 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], second college building, Engineering building, Stillwater, Oklahoma Territory, ca. 1890s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1328

2000.005.9.1338 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], Old Central, west view, Stillwater, Oklahoma Territory, ca. 1900s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1338

2000.005.9.1413 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], cadets, Stillwater, Oklahoma Territory, 1894.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1413

2000.005.9.0462 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], Old Central classroom, Stillwater, Oklahoma, ca. 1910s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1370

2000.005.9.1375 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], class in corn judging taken shortly after first World War I, Stillwater, Oklahoma, ca. 1920s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1375

2000.005.9.1381 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], industrial arts class on brick making, Ed Brewer instructor, Stillwater, Oklahoma Territory, ca. 1900s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1381

2000.005.9.1369 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], dairy class, Stillwater, Oklahoma, ca. 1910s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1369

2000.005.9.1376 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], home economics class, Stillwater, Oklahoma, ca. 1910s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1376

2000.005.9.1412 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], Ed Gallager drilling girls, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1917.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1412

2000.005.9.1354 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], university auditorium opening, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1912.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1354

2000.005.9.1365 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], class of 1914, change of uniform year, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1914.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1365

2000.005.9.1391 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], first draft horses, Stillwater, Oklahoma, ca. 1920s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1391

2000.005.9.1396 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], Lewis stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1918.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1396

2000.005.9.1398 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], first OSU team to beat OU, Stillwater, Oklahoma, ca. 1910s.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1398

2000.005.9.1403 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], cheer leaders, Red Larver [Carver?], L. D. Harrison (Father Sup. Crt. Judge), Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1915.
Photographer: unknown.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1403

2000.005.9.1410 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], women's basketball, Stillwater, Oklahoma Territory, ca. 1900s.
Photographer: Henry M. Wantland.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.9.1410

2000.005.3.0993 Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], A & M Baseball, Ray Colylazia, Stillwater, Oklahoma, ca. 1918.
Photographer: Henry M. Wantland.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.3.0993

2000.005.3.0125A Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College [OSU], single portrait of a young man, Voyles, in basketball uniform, Stillwater, Oklahoma, ca. 1916.
Photographer: Henry M. Wantland.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
2000.005.3.0125A

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