The Arthur Cunningham Society is named in honor of Arthur Cunningham who, in 1890, was appointed the first Librarian of Indiana State Normal School's library, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1928. Under his dynamic leadership, the school's first library building opened in 1895. A second building, which became known as Normal Hall, was dedicated in 1910. The Dewey Decimal System was introduced, hours of service were extended, a department of library science were established, and the library's holdings increased from 5,286 volumes to well over 100,000, making it the largest Normal School library in the United States. Mr. Cunningham brought the Dewey Decimal System to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Rose Polytechnic Institute and Fairbanks Memorial Libraries. He planned a library building at the Eastern Division of Indiana State Normal School, now known as Ball State University. After his retirement in 1928, he continued living in the community where he had made his home for over 50 years. Mr. Cunningham died December 13, 1940. In 1965, the Board of Trustees renamed the library the Cunningham Memorial Library in his memory.
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