Modern Graphic History Library
, Department of Special Collections
Washington University Libraries
Washington University in St. Louis

Finding aid for the
Jack Unruh Collection (mghl00001) 1980-2011

Finding aid prepared by
Special Collections Staff.

Summary Information
Title: Jack Unruh Collection.
Creator: Jack Unruh.
Extent: 7 cubic feet.
Call number: mghl00001
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
University Libraries, Department of Special Collections, Modern Graphic History Library,
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899


Access and Use:
Source of Collection:

The collection was placed in Modern Graphic History Library by Jack Unruh in 2008.

Access Restrictions:

There are no restrictions to access.

Use Restrictions:

Some restrictions, please contact Modern Graphic History Library Curator at (314) 935-7741 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu.

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of Modern Graphic History Library materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish Modern Graphic History Library materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Processing Information:

Originally compiled by Skye Lacerte, January 2009. EAD encoded finding aid completed January 2009 and updated by Jolie Braun in November 2011.


Biography

Jack Unruh was born in Pretty Prairie, Kansas in 1935. The son of an Air Force pilot, the artist lived in a variety of places throughout his childhood until enrolling at the University of Kansas, Lawrence to study art. During a trip to St. Louis in his freshman year, Unruh visited Washington University where he toured an exhibit of illustrations by the recent graduate Bernie Fuchs. As a result of what he saw, Unruh decided to transfer to Washington University and major in Magazine Illustration. After graduating in 1958, he moved to Dallas, Texas to pursue his career. His first job was to design a logo for the city's "Help Keep Dallas Clean" campaign.

Unruh has since produced artwork for a diverse client base of magazines, corporations, and organizations. His work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Texas Monthly, Rolling Stone, and Time and has been commissioned by such companies as MCI, Sony, IBM, and Budweiser.

Working with both real and imagined scenes, Unruh's work often employs a freer style in which scale and perspective are irrelevant. He is known for his practice of creating tiny pen and ink marks, combined with larger brush strokes, as an alternative to crosshatching to produce shading effects. He is considered an excellent caricaturist and one of the most prolific and recognized illustrators of his generation.

Unruh has won numerous awards including the Hamilton King Award for Illustration of the year from the New York Society of Illustrators in 1998. He was inducted into the society's Hall of Fame in 2006. As of 2009, he lives and works in Dallas.

Biography compiled by Skye Lacerte.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

The collection includes material relating to Jack Unruh's creation of original artwork, and artwork reproduced from magazines, publications, and other materials.

The collection is divided into three series and ten subseries as follows:

  1. Series 1: Original Artwork
  2. Subseries 1: Artwork on Paper
  3. Subseries 2: Oversized Artwork
  4. Subseries 3: Accrual
  5. Subseries 3a: Oversized Artwork
  6. Series 2: Artwork Reproductions
  7. Subseries 1: Smaller Reproductions
  8. Subseries 2: Larger Reproductions
  9. Subseries 3: Medium-Sized Reproductions
  10. Subseries 4: Oversized Reproductions
  11. Subseries 5: Accrual
  12. Series 3: Reference Images (Images used as models in the form of computer printouts of photographs taken by the artist, as well as others found on the World Wide Web. Some reference images are kept with their corresponding drawings to maintain original order.)
  13. Subseries 1: Accrual

The contents of each box are arranged by size as follows:

  1. Box 1-14
    1. Series 1: Original Artwork on Paper (Grouped drawings for projects; Individual drawings)
  2. Box 15
    1. Series 2: Artwork Reproductions (Magazine tear sheets; Commissioned by corporations; Commissioned by organizations; Commissioned by individuals; Publicity materials; Catalogs)
    2. Series 3: Reference Images
  3. Box 16-18
    1. Series 2: Artwork Reproductions (Magazine tear sheets; Commissioned by corporations; Publicity materials; Catalogs; Photocopies of Artwork)
  4. Box 19
    1. Series 2: Artwork Reproductions (Commissioned by corporations; Advertising materials; Postcards)
  5. Box 20
    1. Series 3: Reference Images (Photographs; Photocopies; Correspondence)
  6. Box 21
    1. Series 1: Original Artwork on Paper (Grouped drawings for projects)
  7. Box 22
    1. Series 1: Original Artwork on Paper (Grouped drawings for projects; Individual drawings)
    2. Series 2: Artwork Reproductions (Magazine tear sheets; Commissioned by corporations; Publicity material; Printed reproductions)
  8. Box 23-37
    1. Series 1: Original Artwork on Paper (Ink and color portraits; Grouped drawings for projects; Individual drawings)
  9. Box 38
    1. Series 2: Artwork Reproductions (Prints; Commissioned by corporations)
  10. Box 39
    1. Series 3: Reference Images (Computer print outs; Photocopies of artwork)



Subject Terms
Controlled Access Terms
    Subjects
    • Unruh, Jack
    Contributors
    • Unruh, Jack
    Contents List
          Title
     
    Series 1: Original Artwork [series]:   
    Scope: Arranged alphabetically by subject


     
    Subseries 1: Artwork on Paper [subseries]:   
    Scope: Some folders include photocopies, correspondence and reference images related to the drawings.


    Box-Folder   1/1-33  
    A - Campers   
    Scope: Includes "The Blessed and the Damned;" "Camel: A Visual Joke."


    Box-Folder   2/1-14  
    Camping - Dancing   
    Scope: Includes "Cousteau's Legacy."


    Box-Folder   3/1-17  
    Danny - Fat   
    Scope: 96 items


    Box-Folder   4/1-14  
    Fashionable - Flying   
    Scope: Includes "Fast Action Bassin'."


    Box-Folder   5/1-15  
    Football - Hippie   
    Scope: Includes "The Great White Wizard."


    Box-Folder   6/1-16  
    Holding - Little   
    Scope: 93 items


    Box-Folder   7/1-12  
    Lizard - Man   
    Scope: Includes "Love and Canoes;" "Mamaroneck -- The Big Break."


    Box-Folder   8/1-20  
    Man breathing - Man with snake   
    Scope: 94 items


    Box-Folder   9/1-17  
    Man - Moose   
    Scope: Includes "Master's Survey;" "Meet the Brain Trust."


    Box-Folder   10/1-13  
    Neighbor's - Phobias   
    Scope: Includes "Pew Passing."


    Box-Folder   11/1-19  
    Picasso - Sex   
    Scope: 95 items


    Box-Folder   12/1-24  
    Shark - Three   
    Scope: Includes "Shooting Lessons;" "Sorry Bryan;" "Taste of Death."


    Box-Folder   13/1-24  
    Tied - Yowling   
    Scope: Includes "Use Water Like Life Depends on It;" "What's Left of the Mob."


    Box-Folder   14/1-17  
    Individual Drawings   
    Scope: 340 items


     
    Subseries 2: Oversized Artwork [subseries]:   
    Scope: Some folders include photocopies, correspondence and reference images related to the drawings.


    Box-Folder   21/1-14  
    Deer - 2 Drawings   
    Scope: 131 items


    Box-Folder   22/1-8  
    Bidding - Will   
    Scope: 51 items


    Box-Folder   22/18  
    "Creative Passions"   
    Scope: 20 items


     
    Subseries 3: Accrual [subseries]:   
    Scope: Some folders include photocopies, correspondence and reference images related to the drawings.


    Box-Folder   23-33  
    Ink and Color Portraits   
    Scope: 63 items


    Box-Folder   35/1-9  
    826 - Man   
    Scope: 98 items


    Box-Folder   36/1-7  
    Man and - Tractor   
    Scope: Includes "Stories Lead the Way."


    Box-Folder   36/8-9  
    Individual Drawings   
    Scope: 26 items


     
    Subseries 3a: Oversized Artwork [subseries]:
    Box-Folder   34  
    Ink and Color Portraits   
    Scope: 4 items


    Box-Folder   37/1-3  
    826 - Transylvania   
    Scope: Includes "Free John Hinckley."


    Box-Folder   37/4  
    Individual Drawings   
    Scope: 19 items


     
    Series 2: Artwork Reproductions [series]:
     
    Subseries 1: Smaller Reproductions [subseries]:   
    Scope: Some folders include photocopies, correspondence and reference images related to the drawings.


    Box-Folder   15/1-7  
    Magazine Tear Sheets   
    Scope: Arranged alphabetically by magazine title


    Box-Folder   15/8  
    Newspaper Northeast   
    Scope: 1 item


    Box-Folder   15/9-11  
    Artwork Commissioned by Corporations   
    Scope: Arranged alphabetically by corporation name


    Box-Folder   15/12-13  
    Artwork Commissioned by Organizations   
    Scope: Arranged alphabetically by organization name


    Box-Folder   15/14  
    Artwork Commissioned by Individuals   
    Scope: 1 item


    Box-Folder   15/15  
    Publicity Materials   
    Scope: 10 items


    Box-Folder   15/16  
    Catalogs   
    Scope: 1 item


     
    Subseries 2: Larger Reproductions [subseries]:
    Box-Folder   16/1-4  
    Magazine Tear Sheets   
    Scope: Arranged alphabetically by magazine title


    Box-Folder   16/5  
    Artwork Commissioned by Corporations   
    Scope: Arranged alphabetically by corporation name


    Box-Folder   16/6  
    Publicity Materials   
    Scope: 2 items


    Box-Folder   16/7  
    Catalogs   
    Scope: 1 item


    Box-Folder   16/8  
    Photocopies of Drawings   
    Scope: 38 items


     
    Subseries 3: Medium-Sized Reproductions [subseries]:
    Box-Folder   17-18  
    Magazine Tear Sheets and Artwork Commissioned by Corporations   
    Scope: Arranged alphabetically by title/name


    Box-Folder   19/1-3  
    Triton Oil Annual Reports   
    Scope: Arranged chronologically


    Box-Folder   19/4  
    Advertising Materials   
    Scope: 5 items


    Box-Folder   19/5  
    Postcards   
    Scope: 14 items


     
    Subseries 4: Oversized Reproductions [subseries]:
    Box-Folder   22/9  
    Magazine Tear Sheets - Los Angeles Times   
    Scope: 6 items


    Box-Folder   22/10-11  
    Artwork Commissioned by Corporations   
    Scope: Arranged alphabetically by corporation name


    Box-Folder   22/12-13  
    Publicity Materials   
    Scope: 5 items


    Box-Folder   22/14-17  
    Printed Reproductions   
    Scope: 27 items


     
    Subseries 5: Accrual [subseries]:
    Box-Folder   38/1  
    Posters   
    Scope: 12 items


    Box-Folder   38/2  
    The Hartford Financial Services Group Annual Report   
    Scope: 2 items


    Box-Folder   38/3-4  
    Triton Oil Annual Reports   
    Scope: Arranged chronologically


     
    Series 3: Research Material [series]:
    Box-Folder   15/17  
    Reference Images   
    Scope: 3 items


    Box-Folder   20/1  
    Photographs   
    Scope: 22 items


    Box-Folder   20/2  
    Photocopies   
    Scope: 7 items


    Box-Folder   20/3  
    Correspondence   
    Scope: 3 items


     
    Subseries 1: Accrual [subseries]:
    Box-Folder   39/1-2  
    Computer Print Outs   
    Scope: 25 items


    Box-Folder   39/3  
    Photocopies of Artwork   
    Scope: 10 items