William P. Cunningham Papers, 1967-1974

Overview of the Collection

Cunningham, William P.
William P. Cunningham Papers
1967-1974 (inclusive)
0.3 cubic feet, (1 box)  :   ; 
Collection Number
MG 451
William P. Cunningham, from Montana, wrote the thesis “The Magruder Corridor controversy: A case history,” while at the University of Montana. These are his personal papers relating to the writing of the thesis.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English
Funding for processing this collection was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William P. Cunningham graduated from the University of Montana School of Forestry in 1968 with a thesis entitled “The Magruder Corridor controversy: A case history.” After graduating, he joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 1969 he was stationed in Germany, as a Lieutenant in the 94th Engineer Battalion. In 1971 he was a Captain at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he trained for the Vietnam War. He married Carolyn in 1969 and they had twin boys William Penn, Jr. and Jonathan Bryn the next year. Presently, Bill Cunningham lives in Choteau, Montana. He owns High Country Adventures outfitters. As noted at its website, he teaches wilderness courses at the University of Montana, has written several wilderness guidebooks, and writes a Wild Country column for Montana Magazine. The University of Idaho Library owns a copy of his Master thesis.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of William P. Cunningham span the years 1967 to 1974.

The papers include primarily Cunningham's correspondence with conservationists, including Doris Milner, whose files he borrowed to write his thesis, and others involved with the Selway issue. Also included are outlines of his thesis, drafts of articles, and notes related to the Magruder Corridor controversy.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with Copyright Laws (17 U.S.C.) and any other applicable statutes.

Preferred Citation

William P. Cunningham Papers, MG 451, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Correspondence organized by year and two folders of miscellaneous.

Preservation Note

Custodial History

The papers of William P. Cunningham were in the possession of William P. Cunningham until transferred to Dennis Baird who had them until time of donation.

Acquisition Information

The papers of William P. Cunningham were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Dennis Baird in June 2009 (MA 2009-24).

Processing Note

This collection was processed using the Basic processing method.

Related Materials

Doris Milner Papers MG 442

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

InventoryReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Correspondence, outlines of thesis, drafts of articles

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Cunningham, William P.--Archives