Guide to the Valerie Cunningham Papers
Collection number: MC 321
About Valerie Cunningham
Valerie Cunningham, award-winning historic preservationist and Portsmouth native, has
spent more than forty years researching and writing about northern New England’s
Black history. An energetic community activist, she is the founder of the Portsmouth
Black Heritage Trail, Inc., and directs the African American Resource Center. For more information, see Cunningham's biography at the Discover Portsmouth Center.
About the Valerie Cunningham Papers (1984-2010)
Materials show the activites Valerie was involved in: including
Blues Bank Collective, Black Heritage Trail, Black Heritage Blues Festival, NH
Circle of Friends, NAACP, MLK Holidays in NH, being part of the Seacoast
African-American Cultural Center, creating sister city for Portsmouth in Acca, Ghana, her
research on Black History here in New Hampshire and other New England States.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Valerie Cunningham Papers, 1984-2010, MC 321, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH,
Donation of Valerie Cunningham, 2010
- MC 216 The Sinclair Family Papers / Rock Rest Papers (Milne Special Collections and Archives)
- MC 217 The Friends of the Pearl Collection (Milne Special Collections and Archives)
- MC 218 The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail Papers (Milne Special Collections and Archives)
Duplicates and unrelated material were removed.
Original order was not discernable upon acquisition. An artifical order was imposed by subject and then chronologically within that.
|Blues & Black Heritage Festivals; Clippings & Photos
Materials regarding: Blues Bank Collective; Blues Festivals, 1984 – 2004;
Portsmouth Black Heritage Festivals, 1985 – 2005; TJ Wheeler: Hope, Hero and
Blues Program, 1999 and miscellaneous papers showing TJ Wheeler’s
activities; Newspaper Articles and Clippings; Misc. and undated photos;
Master copy of “Black Heritage Trail Resource Book” and a published copy.
|Sister City; Seacoast African–American Cultural Center; Publications
Materials concerning the creation of a Sister City of Portsmouth in Ghana;
materials pertaining to Seacoast African–American Cultural Center (SAACC);
copies of Valerie Cunningham publications and a folder of Award
Materials concerning the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP), 1965 – 2010; including a Brief History of Seacoast NAACP,
National NAACP By-laws and NAACP Newsletters, 1965 – 2010.
Materials related to the volunteer group called the “New Hampshire Circle Of
Friends” from 2003 – 2010. There folders containing administrative
paperwork, Scholarships, projects and events. Also there are 3 award
plaques: 1991 from Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition, 1992 UNH Presidental
award of excellence, 2001 Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.
|Black History in New England: Research Materials
Research materials of Black history for New England States: Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island. Also a 1923 "Pageant of
Portsmouth" panoramic photo
|Black History in the Broader US: Research Materials
Research materials for Black history in the United States including the
subjects of churches, KKK, underground railroad, etc.