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Cornelia Cunningham Schoolcraft Huffer drawings

Collection number: ahc.VIS224

Scope and Content

This collection contains twenty-four original pencil sketches on drawing board by Cornelia Cunningham Schoolcraft Huffer that she used for her book, Atlanta: City of To-Day, published in 1933. The drawings include Atlanta landmarks, street scenes, and prominent buildings and houses in the city.


  • 1933


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

Cornelia Cunningham was born in Savannah, Georgia, December 2, 1903 to Malcolm Cunningham (1860-1933) and Frances Adaline Jones Cunningham (1872-1944). Cornelia graduated from Savannah High School in Savannah, Georgia, and Women's Art School in Cooper Union, New York. She attended Grand Central Art School in New York, New York, the National Academy in New York, New York, and Berkshire Summer School of Art in Monterey, Massachusetts. She moved to Atlanta to live with her aunt and uncle and opened an artist studio in 1926. She belonged to several clubs including the Studio Club of Atlanta, the Atlanta Art Association, Atlanta Woman's Club, Telfair Art Academy, and the Savannah Association of Georgia Artists.

Cornelia Cunningham married James Teller Schoolcraft, Jr. (b. 1900) on April 30, 1935 in Atlanta, Georgia. They were divorced by 1941. Cornelia married Reverend Ralph Singleton Huffer in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, in September 1951. Cornelia died in March 1974 in New Hampshire.

Cornelia contributed her artistry to several published works. In 1932, she drew a historical map of Georgia for the state bi-centennial. She illustrated a children's book in 1933 titled Spaniard's Mark, by Allan Dwight. In 1933, Cornelia published her own book of drawings, Atlanta: City of To-Day, which showcased twenty-four of her original sketches of historic sites and street scenes around the city. In 1937, Cornelia supplied the cover art for a booklet on the Wormsloe Plantation in Chatham County, near Savannah. She also illustrated the cover for Thirteen Sonnets of Georgia, by Daniel Hickey in 1941.


24 image(s) (24 drawings)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by title of drawing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1974

Cornelia Cunningham Schoolcraft Huffer drawings
Carla Ledgerwood
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305