Frederic Rodrigo Gruger papers, 1891-1973  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gruger, Frederic Rodrigo
Title
Frederic Rodrigo Gruger papers
Dates
1891-1973 (inclusive)
1920-1953 (bulk)
Quantity
16 linear feet, (14 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 868
Summary
Frederic Roderigo Gruger (1871-1953) was a noted illustrator who worked for the Saturday Evening Post, the Book of the Month Club, and taught at the Pratt Institute. The collection includes correspondence, drawings, sketches and oil paintings, professional documents, biographical and family files, albums and scrapbooks, books, magazines, photographs and negatives.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. For more information, please submit a Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes correspondence, drawings, sketches and oil paintings, professional documents, biographical and family files, albums and scrapbooks, books, magazines, photographs and negatives.

The correspondence series is separated into General (which includes publisher correspondence) and Family. The general correspondence includes incoming and outgoing letters filed alphabetically by person or organizational name. The family correspondence covers the years 1891-1973.

The art work series includes drawings, sketchbooks, and oil paintings by Gruger and work by other artists.

The professional and biographical series includes research, lecture notes, tearsheets, as well as Gruger family documents, photographs, clippings and diaries.

The albums and scrapbooks series consists of photographs and clippings of subjects used as references for Gruger's illustrations, filed alphabetically by subject. Also included are tearsheets of illustrations by Gruger.

Also included are magazines and books filed by title.

The photographs and negatives in the collection include approximately 1,300 film negatives of personal snapshots, thirty-one glass negatives of a biplane, aerial images labeled "Darant Holme c. 1921-22" (many damaged) and eighteen stereos of US and international landmarks.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Frederic Rodrigo Gruger (1871-1953) was one of the leading magazine artist and illustrators of the early 20th century. Born in Philadelphia to John P. Gruger and Rebecca Rodrigo Gruger in 1871, he demonstrated an early aptitude for drawing. With the encouragement of a friendly art department manager, Gruger studied and copied the drawings of notable 19c illustrators, such as E.A. Abbey, Charles Reinhart and Charles Keene, while he was still a young boy. Gruger pursued his formal education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Gruger began his career as a newspaper artist for various Philadelphia newspapers in 1891. Here he developed the photographic memory and eye for detail which later enabled him to draw convincing illustrations without the assistance of models. His first illustrations for a magazine serial appeared in the Saturday Evening Post (in 1898), which was the beginning of a long and successful association with the Post. During the peak of the illustrated magazine era, Gruger provided drawings for hundreds of stories in numerous magazines. He won several awards for his work.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frederic Rodrigo Gruger Papers, Ax 868, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Drawing, American--20th century
  • Illustration of books--United States--20th century
  • Illustrators--United States
  • Magazine illustration--United States--20th century
  • Personal Names :
  • Gruger, Frederic Rodrigo
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Illustrations
  • Photographs
  • Sketches