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Carl Burger Papers

Identifier: DG0138

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of eleven pen and ink illustrations created sometime around 1950 and used in the serialization of "Cats of Destiny" in a publication called Bluebook. A later edition of this title (1955) was published in book form with illustrations by Paul Brown. The illustrations were separated from the Fairfax Downey Papers sometime after 1972.


  • 1950

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; Available for research

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

Biographical / Historical

Carl V. Burger was born June 18, 1888 in Maryville, Tennessee to Joseph and Elizabeth Knox Burger. He attended Maryville (TN) College and Stanford University, but received a Bachelor of Archeology from Cornell University in 1912. He continued his artistic studies at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for three years. He married Margaret Rothery in 1920, and they had one son, Knox.

Burger worked for the Boston Post as an illustrator and political cartoonist before serving in the US Army during World War I, where he advanced to the rank of Captain. From 1917 to 1920 he organized and directed the American Expeditionary Forces School of Painting in France. After the war, he served as Art Director for the advertising firms N.W. Ayer & Sons and Edwin Bird Wilson, Inc., and was also the art director for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. during World War II.

Burger illustrated his own works, as well as books and magazine articles for other authors. He was known for his depictions of both animals and the natural world, most notably his illustrations for The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford and Newbery honor books Old Yeller and Little Rascal. He also painted murals at the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium.

Carl Burger passed away in December of 1967 at his home in Pleasantville, New York.


"Carl V. Burger, 79, Illustrator and a Writer on Wildlife, Dies," N.Y. Times (Dec. 31, 1967).

Guide to the Carl Burger Papers. Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Retrieved 2017-04-25.


.30 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Illustrations contributed by author Fairfax Downey in 1972.

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DG0286 Fairfax Downey Papers

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Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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