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Carl Rungius papers, 1896-1995

Carl Rungius papers, 1896-1995

Rungius, Carl Clemens Moritz, 1869-1959

Painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.5 linear feet

Summary: The Carl Rungius papers, 1896-1995, measure 0.5 linear feet. A scrapbook and three photograph albums work, interests, and family of the wildlife painter and illustrator.

Biographical/Historical Note

Carl Rungius (1869-1959) was a painter and illustrator of wildlife in New York, N.Y., Western U.S. and Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Provenance

Donated 2011 by Ruth Fulda Wacker, Carl Rungius' niece, via Robert A. Brady, estate Executor.

Related Materials

An interview with Carl Rungius conducted by DeWitt McClellan Lockman is part of Interviews of artists and architects associated with the National Academy of Design, 1926-1927 (microfilm reel 504).

Rungius's estate, including personal papers and the contents of his studios in Banff and New York, were purchased for the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, by its founder, Eric Harvie.

A Finding Aid to the Carl Rungius Papers,
1896-1995
, in the Archives of American Art
AAA.rungcarl
Finding aid prepared by Catherine S. Gaines
Scope and Contents note
The Carl Rungius papers, 1896-1995, measure 0.5 linear feet. A scrapbook and three photograph albums work, interests, and family of the wildlife painter and illustrator.
The scrapbook contains mostly printed material and reproductions of Rungius's work. In addition, there is a photograph of a painting and a letter reporting that his ashes had been spread in Banff, Canada.
Three family photograph albums include photographs of Carl Rungius and other family members (mainly Fuldas, since Rungius's mother, his wife, and a sister's husband were Fuldas), along with some travel pictures, views of studios and family houses. Volume 3 also contains a fair amount of printed material such as Rungius's Christmas cards featuring reproductions of his paintings, clippings, an exhibition catalog, and an illustrated brochure announcing the publication of new etchings.
Also found are three illustrated postcards from Lise. Printed material consists of an article about Carl Rungius and periodicals about hiking and trail riding in the Canadian Rockies.
Biographical/Historical note
Carl Rungius (1869-1959) was a painter and illustrator of wildlife in New York, N.Y., the Western U.S. and Banff, Alberta, Canada.
From an early age Rungius enjoyed hunting and wanted to be an artist. Between 1888 and 1890 he was enrolled at the Berlin Academy of Art in his native city, but the curriculum did not suit his interests. He spent much of his free time at the Berlin Zoo studying and sketching animals, and often visited a glue factory that afforded opportunities to observe animal anatomy.
In 1894 an uncle invited Rungius to visit him in Maine and hunt moose. The following summer Rungius stalked game in Wyoming where the variety and abundance of wildlife and the dramatic western landscape greatly impressed him. Rungius immigrated to the United States in 1896.
Growing concern about native animal populations and a conservation movement aided by the efforts of President Theodore Roosevelt generated many books, magazines, and other publications which Rungius frequently received commissions to illustrate. He ceased illustration work around 1909 to devote himself to easel painting. Rungius first visited the Canadian Rockies in 1910 and so enjoyed painting and hunting there that eventually he built a studio in Banff, where he worked each April through October from 1921 until his death in 1959.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 4 series:
Series 1: Illustrated Postcards from Lise, 1908 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 2: Printed Material, 1935-1938, 1985 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 3: Scrapbook, 1921-1986 (package 2; 0.1 linear ft.)
Series 4: Photographs, 1896-1995 (Box 1; 0.3 linear ft.)
Provenance
Donated 2011 by Ruth Fulda Wacker, Carl Rungius' niece, via Robert A. Brady, estate Executor.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level by Catherine S. Gaines in 2011.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Carl Rungius papers, 1896-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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