Title: James (Jim) Robert Cummins

Description: Charcoal portrait of James (Jim) Cummins (sometimes spelled Cummings) in suit coat and checked (?) shirt. The drawing is signed by the artist with "93" immediately below the signature. At the bottom right corner, "James Cummings (8)" is written in different handwriting and black ink. Immediately below that is a ? in blue ink.

Biographical Note: Jim Cummins was a neighbor to the James family near Kearney, Missouri. He, along with Jese James, Doc Rupe, Silas King, and Tom Smith joined the regular service of the Confederacy under Colonel Calhoun Thornton. Later he and Jesse joined the guerrillas. Jim was not at Lawrence, but was at the Centralia massacre, September 27, 1864. After the war, some believe he was at some point a member of the James-Younger gang. Cummins sometimes used the alias Jim Johnson. He periodically stayed at the Confederate Home near Higginsville, Missouri, until his death on July 9, 1929. He is buried in the Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.

See Also: Cummins, James. "Jim Cummins' Book Written by Himself, The Life Story of the James and Younger Gang and Their Comrades, Including the Operations of Quantrell's Guerrillas, By One Who Rode With Them: A True But Terrible Tale of Outlawry." Denver: The Reed Publishing Co., 1903 [MVSC 92 C9712]. See page 187 for a list of the members of the James-Younger gang. SEE ALSO: "Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War," p. 150 [MVSC Q 977.803 B67P].

Creator: Elmer Stewart

Date: 1893

Subject: Charcoal drawings; Portrait drawings; Criminals; Guerrillas;

Local Subject: Border Warfare; Outlaws; Bushwhackers; Civil War; Cummins, James Robert; Cummings, James;

Location: MVO-88F

Notes: The portrait was separated from the original mat board. It is believed that most of the Stewart drawings were made from photographs. The MVO (Missouri Valley Oversize) is composed of various types of art work including paintings, sculpture, drawings and sketches, large-size photographs, posters, and other miscellaneous items.

Item Type: Art Work, 18 x 22 in.

Digital Format: Tiff imported as jpeg2000

Barcode: 10023119

Repository: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri

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