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Carl Rungius fonds


Physical Description:
1.65 m of textual records. -- 12780 photographs

Carl Clemens Moritz Rungius, 1869-1959, well-known wildlife and landscape painter, was born near Berlin, Germany. He attended the Berlin Art School in 1889, and later studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and School of Applied Arts in the same city. He developed an enthusiasm for big game during an 1894 trip to the USA, and in 1897, moved to Greenpoint, Long Island, NY. He kept his studio there until 1910, although he spent summer and fall seasons in Wyoming and New Brunswick. He married his cousin, Louise Fulda, in 1907. In 1910, he moved his studio to New York City. He made a trip to Alberta the same year, at the invitation of Jimmy Simpson, and was so impressed with the Canadian Rockies that he made annual pilgrimages from then until 1921, when he built a studio in Banff. He lived most of the year in Banff until 1958. Important Rungius exhibits have been held at the National Academy of Design, New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Carnegie Institute, New York, among many others. His work is represented in the collections of the Glenbow Museum. For further information see Carl Rungius, Painter of the Western Wilderness / Jon Whyte and E.J. Hart. - Vancouver : The Glenbow-Alberta Institute, in association with Douglas & McIntyre, 1985; and Carl Rungius : Artist & Sportsman / Glenbow Museum. -- Toronto : Warwick, 2001.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal correspondence, greeting cards, manuscripts of stories, genealogy of the Rungius family, newsclippings, copyright records for paintings, diary of trip to the "Wild West", and extensive photographs of animals, pack trains, mountain scenery and the Rungius family. Includes autobiography of sister, Elisabeth Rungius Fulda, and her biography of Rungius.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Carl Rungius, Elisabeth Fulda, Ruth Mooney and Gary R. Rungius and purchased from Rungius Studio, 1957-1986.

The material is predominantly English, but the diary and some of the correspondence is in German.

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Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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A radio program entitled "Salute to Carl Rungius", broadcast on CFCN on December 7, 1952, is held by Glenbow (RET-39).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1084, M-1085, M-1086, M-4843-52, M-7493, PA-1875, PB-502, PC-165, PD-141, NA-3466, NA-4877, NB-30, NC-49, ND-26, AR-9

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