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Atlee M. Cunningham Papers

Identifier: Coll-129

This collection contains 3 boxes of materials including writings, detailed maintenance logs, blue prints, and news excerpts.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection consists of a written manuscript describing Corpus Christi water usage in detail, Corpus Christi Water Supply Documented History, 1852-1997, written by Atlee Cunningham, maintenance logs, specifications, and contract documents from for the O. N. Stevens Water Plant, blue prints for the Wesley Seale Dam, and news excerpts about progress on that project as well as photos.


  • 1981 - 2010-01-15

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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to taking precautions against infringement of copyright and respecting the publication rights of reproduced materials. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards. Any materials used should be fully credited with their source according to the example given in the Preferred Citation note. Requests for assistance with citations and images of publication quality should be directed to


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Biographical / Historical

Atlee Cunningham was born January 26, 1917 and raised in Calallen, which is ten miles west of Corpus Christi. He grew up on the grounds of the Corpus Christi Water Plant where his father was the superintendent and had an on-site house. Cunningham majored in chemical engineering at Texas A&M and began working at the plant after completing his studies. He eventually rose to the rank of Corpus Christi's Water Department Superintendent. After retiring from the city, his work took him around the globe to water projects in such far-flung places as Manilla and Bangkok. Atlee was a skilled craftsman, building a motorcycle with a lawnmower engine for his son at one point, and constructing three of the five homes he lived in with his wife, Carlos. He passed away December 2, 2009, at the age of 92.


The Atlee M. Cunningham Collection is arranged by a single series with three subcategories, each of which is stored in its own box.

Atlee M. Cunningham Papers
Eric Christensen
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

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Unit 5702
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States
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