The Robert Cunningham digital collection provides online access to cartoons, sketches, and drawings created by Robert Cunningham between 1947 and the 1980s. The collection includes original drawings featured in the cartoon series The Corner Grocery, Cunningham’s Corner, Growing Up in Middletown U.S.A., Hometown Funnies, and Meet the Batty Family, as well as hand-drawn advertisements, political cartoons, sketches from Cunningham’s military service in Germany, and Washington School of Art assignments.
Robert Cunningham was born in Muncie in 1928 and was a graduate of Muncie Central High School. A long-time business owner and public figure, Cunningham held several public offices in the area, including mayor of Muncie from 1976 to 1980, and owned the Red Front Grocery from 1948 to 1969 and Cunningham’s Market from 1969 to 1976. As an avid cartoonist, Cunningham would frequently incorporate his drawings into advertisements for his businesses and political campaigns, and his cartoons were regularly featured in the Muncie Evening Press and published in books.
The complete collection of the Robert Cunningham papers is available in the Ball State University Archives and Special Collections.