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This guide contains images of the original mural. This work depicts racist ideals, which UO Libraries strongly oppose. The images are provided here as historical documents for study.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SCIENCES
Artist: Albert C. Runquist. Medium: Paint on canvas affixed to niche in the wall. Dimensions: 4 ft. x 12 ft. Location: East stairwell. The mural is signed by the artist, bottom left.
The mural consist of eight primary panels. Albert Runquist and his brother Arthur were at work on murals to be located in the library stairwells in February 1936. One of the murals by the Runquist brothers was completed by November 1936; the other in 1937. It is likely that the brothers collaborated on the creation of both works. See also the companion mural, Development of the Arts.
"Brothers Explain New Library Murals." Oregon Daily Emerald, October 22, 1937, 4.
Letter to Earl Pellett, November 21, 1936. Burt Brown Barker Archives. [States that one Runquist mural is finished; the second may proceed.]
Gilkey, Katrina Lee. Observations of Resilience and Defeat in Arthur Runquist's Paintings of Labor and the Land. Thesis, Reed College, 2004.
Horowitz, David A. Martina Gangle Curl (1906-1994): Peoples Art and the Mothering of Humanity. Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, http://www.ochcom.org/gangle/
Jones, Catherine. "To Set Record Straight: 'Runquists' Both People, Paintings," Oregonian, March 10, 1968, 108.
Kimbrell, Leonard B. “Artist Brothers Armed with a Strong Social Conscience,” Northwest Magazine, Oregonian (Published as The Sunday Oregonian) - Sunday, November 22, 1981, 163.
FLOOR PLANS & ART GUIDE
The captions for the panels are from the letter "Mural by Arthur and Albert Runquist, 1937, Artists' Interpretation," written by Arthur Runquist for M. H. Douglass, University Librarian, October 10, 1938. This letter would have been written approximately one year after the murals were installed.