The archive relates to all stages of Cunningham's career, a large proportion comprising files which were stored in a red filing cabinet in the studio and which cover the range of his activities.
The material documents his graphic and exhibition design commissions, including work for Peter Owen publishers, the National Book League and the Israeli airline El Al, as well as speculative and published work in the field of educational toys and children's publishing. Cunningham was involved in a project to publish a book about Piet Zwart and Josef Albers, and the archive includes documentation of this project, including mock-ups. Other possible projects include a book on Handwriting and one on Business Etiquette. Small amounts of material relate to Cunningham's work at David Jones in Australia and at the Central School of Art. A group of contact sheets and notes document sitters for some of Cunningham's paintings. A box of cassettes relate to the development of children's characters and to Cunningham's portrait painting.