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Walter Jack Cunningham papers

Call Number: MS 1479

Scope and Contents

The Walter Jack Cunningham Papers are composed of course sylabii, lecture notes, problem sets, exams, and other course materials, which document Walter Jack Cunningham's long career teaching engineering. Cunningham gave his papers to the Yale University Library in 1988.

The papers are arranged by course title, and all materials for a course are grouped together. Course titles are listed chronologically according to the earliest date the course was offered and files include all materials used for the same course in following years. When materials were used for more than one course, the materials are filed under the earliest course date, with later course numbers indicated in parentheses in the list that follows.

The earliest papers date from Cunningham's course in acoustics at Harvard University. Subsequent materials relate to courses taught at Yale University in the departments of electrical engineering, engineering and applied science, and mathematics. Cunningham's work at Yale focused on applied math and linear systems theory, and the assembled materials demonstrate the evolution of courses in systems and control and calculus. Other course materials relate to topics in electron optics, engineering analysis, fields and circuits, and energy.


  • 1941-1987


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of W. Jack Cunningham, 1988.


6.5 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The papers consist of teaching materials for electrical engineering and engineering and applied sciences courses taught at Yale University. Included are lecture notes, problems, and examinations.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Jack Cunningham was born on August 21, 1917, in Comanche, Texas. He graduated from Waco High School and attended Baylor University, before transferring to the University of Texas. He received his A.B. degree from there in 1937 and his A.M. degree in 1938. Cunningham did further graduate work at Harvard University and received an M.S. in 1939 and a Ph.D. in 1947. While at Harvard he taught in the Physics Department. Cunningham joined the Yale University faculty in 1946 and taught in the departments of electrical engineering, engineering and applied science, and mathematics. His chief areas of research included systems theory, non-linear analysis, computation, and acoustics. He served on the editorial board of American Scientist and is the author of Nonlinear Analysis. Cunningham died in Hamden, Connecticut, on January 7, 2004.

Guide to the Walter Jack Cunningham Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Diane E. Kaplan
March 1989
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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