Carl Burger papers, 1960-1969  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Burger, Carl, 1888-1967
Carl Burger papers
1960-1969 (inclusive)
2.0 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Ax 577
Carl Burger (1888-1967) was an artist and writer of children’s books about animals and natural history. This collection, which includes drafts, research notes and correspondence as well as numerous original illustrations, reflects his talent as an illustrator and his love of the outdoors.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Carl Burger was born June 18th 1888 in Maryville Tennessee to Joseph Burger ( a banker) and Elizabeth (Knox) Burger. He attended Maryville College in Maryville Tennessee and Stanford University. He received his Bachelor of Archeology from Cornell University. He also studied at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for three years. He married Margaret Rothery in September 18th, 1920 and they had one child. He served in the military from 1917 to 1920 and earned the rank of Captain. He was a member of the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Zoological Society and the Cornell Club of New York. He died December 1967.

Carl Burger began his career as an artist as the Art Director for the advertising firm of N.W. Ayer and Sons in Philadelphia. In addition to writing and illustrating his own books, he illustrated many books and magazines and created large murals for the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains manuscripts, published books, numerous illustrations. Also included are manuscripts in their various stages of publication, correspondence, and miscellaneous material pertaining to the publication of manuscripts.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Carl Burger Papers, Ax 577, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

ManuscriptReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Beaver Skins and Mountain Men, New York, Dutton, 1968
1 1
Beaver Skins and Mountain Men, second draft, carbon with numerous holograph and pasted-up revisions, 189 p.

Illustrations for Beaver Skins and Mountain MenReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Pencil drawing of two beavers
#3 pencil drawing (unfinished) cross section through beaver lodge, pond and dam, 8 x 24
Paste up of book cover
Pencil drawing cross section of beaver lodge and dam
February 1968
Cross section through beaver lodge and dam
Drawing of bull moose eating and watching canoes go by, 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 (small proof taped on back
Pencil drawing of American flag fort building with Indian teepees in front. Titled: A Permanent Trading Post (Fort Laramie), 8 1/4 x 13 1/2
Pencil drawing of two men front watching Indians on horseback in background. Titled: IV. The Americans, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2
Pencil drawing of two beavers near tree, titled: I. The Beaver, 9 x 14
Pencil drawing, beaver house section through ice and snow, 3 x 7 1/2
Pencil drawing of one large (3") beaver next to tree stump, beaver carrying stick (7 x 8)
Pencil drawing of forefoot, skull, hindfoot, 4 1/2 x 10
Pencil drawing of hats of 17th to the 19th century, 7 x 11 1/2
Pencil drawing of Champlain and Indians in forest fighting, 8 3/4 x 13 3/4
Pencil drawing, portrait of Samuel de Champlain, canoes in background, 5 1/2 x 12 1/2
Pencil drawing of four men in canoe on rough river, titled: II. The French, 8 1/2 x 12 1/2
One pencil drawing on green paper of white man with Indians in store, 5 x 6 3/4, also includes a proof
Large unfinished pencil drawing of Jim Bridger in center, horseback riders in background, 5 3/4 x 12 1/2 , finished drawing of the same, 5 x 7
Pencil drawing of traders and Indians in Indian village, titled: Rendezvous
Pencil drawing of farmer plowing with two oxen; wife, daughter and dog carrying basket, 8 1/2 x 12 1/2
Pencil drawing of sunset over a wagon train, trapper sitting forward talking to younger men, titled: V. Sunset, 8 1/2 x 12 1/2
Pencil drawing, front canoe with figure- head, two Indians and five white men, in a canyon river, 10 3/4 x 12 3/4
Pencil drawing of trapper in water bending over what must be beaver traps, and on left-hand side an insert of beaver being caught in trap underwater, 6 3/4 x 11 3/4, proof 4 1/2 x 6 3/4

Miscellaneous material for Beaver Skins and Mountain MenReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
Royalty statements, Random House Inc.
1 3
1 4
Rough draft of manuscript, typed with holograph revisions, 135p.
1 5
Notebook of holograph research notes, 246 p.
Container(s) Description
Pencil drawing of map of Mississippi River and Great Lakes
Pencil drawing of map of Missouri, Columbia Rivers with Enlarged inset of Salt Lake with dates of trappers' rendezvous
Paste-up of map of Missouri, Columbia Rivers with Enlarged inset of Salt Lake with dates of trappers' rendezvous
Pencil drawing of map of Great Lakes and Hudson Bay
Paste-up of map of Mississippi River from Great Lakes to Gulf of Mexico

Published workReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Washington Roundabout, by Agnes Rothery, illustrated by Carl Burger, New York, Dodd, Mead and Company, Inc. 1942

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Illustrators--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Burger, Carl
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Book illustrations