Finding Aid to the Richard E. Kunze Collection MS.571

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 October 8


Title: Richard E. Kunze Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.571
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Storage Unit: 1
Storage Unit: OS MS 1
Physical Description: 2.2 linear feet (1 box, 1 oversized roll)
Date (inclusive): 1885-1919
Abstract: Richard E. Kunze (1837-1919) was born in Germany and moved to the United States in 1854 and studied at the National Eclectic Medical Association in New York. Kunze's chief interest was in medical botany, and he specialized in cacti. Kunze was a good friend and correspondent of J. A. Munk. This collection consists of Kunze's correspondence with Munk, manuscript drafts and published manuscripts by Kunze, personal papers, biographical articles, water colors, and collected manuscripts ranging from 1885-1919.
creator: Kunze, Richard E. (Richard Ernest), 1837-1919
creator: Munk, J. A. (Joseph Amasa), 1847-1927

Processing history

Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Final processing and finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 8, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Dr. Richard E. Kunze's correspondence with J. A. (Joseph Amasa) Munk, manuscript drafts and published manuscripts by Kunze, personal papers, biographical articles, water colors, and collected manuscripts ranging from 1885-1919. This collection also includes Kunze's certificates of emigration to the United States, United States citizenship, and medical practice.

Preferred citation

Richard E. Kunze Collection, 1885-1919, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.571; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

Biographical note

Richard E. Kunze was born in Altenburg, Saxony, Germany 1837, April 7. He came to the United States in 1854 and married Ann McNamee 1857, September 30. Kunze attended Metropolitan Medical College and Eclectic Medical College in New York, and his chief interest was medical botany. Kunze experimented with plants and wrote numerous articles, specializing in cacti. Kunze's wife Ann died 1888, May 2. Kunze relocated to Arizona in 1897 and died near Phoenix 1919, February 7. Kunze was a good friend and correspondent of J. A. Munk.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Articles
Botany, medical
Cactus
Certificates
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Watercolors

 

Box 1

Scope and contents

  1. Munk - Kunze Correspondence (letters from Kunze to Munk)
  2. 1909 - 9 letters, 5 cards
  3. 1910 - 4 letters (plus one from someone else in 1907 which Kunze is sending to Munk); 2 cards
  4. 1911 - 1 letter
  5. 1912 - 9 letters; 7 cards
  6. 1913 -11 letters (plus 1); 8 cards
  7. 1914 - 6 letters; 1 card
  8. 1915 - 5 letters; l card
  9. 1916 - 2 letters
  10. 1917 - 1 letter (year?)
  11. 1918 -3 letters
  12. Writings of Kunze:
  13. - “Cactus: Its History etc.” -- “Cardinal Points in Study of Medical Botany” -- “Cereus grandiflorus and Cereus Bonplandii” -- “The Copperhead”
  14. “Echinocactus Wislizeni and Echinocactus Lecontei” -- “Insect Fauna and Flora of Arizona” -- “Insects attracted by Flowers for Cross-fertilization” -- “Larva and Pupa of Sphinx luscitiosa” -- “Last Chapter of Materia Medica” -- “Continuation of Last Chapter of Materia Medica”
  15. “Origin of Specific Medication” -- “Protective Resemblance” -- “Serious Forbodings Regarding the Welfare of Mankind”
  16. Cactus Farm clippings and ads --Price list of Cactaceae (1909) -- Medical nostrums - ads for Kunze’s medicines -- Clippings about his cactus farm (5) -- “A Cactus Farm” by P. Harry Middleton from American Homes and Gardens November 1914
  17. Certificates -- Birth and Baptismal certificate -- Materia Medica copyright -- Licenses as Physician and Pharmacist
  18. Biography (In Memorium) of Kunze by Joseph A. Munk
  19. Biographical Articles in medical journals -- “A Visit to Doctor Kunze” by Joseph A. Munk. California Eclectic Medical Journal vol. 5 no. 2 February 1912 -- “Richard E. Kunze, M.D., PHAR. D. B.S.” by A. Wilder. The American Medical Journal vol 36 no. 6 June 1908 -- “Our Portrait Gallery: Richard E. Kunze, M.D.” by Dr. Alexander Wilder Medical Advocate vol 7 old series, vol. 2 new series l no. 6 June 1885.
  20. Published articles by Kunze in Medical journals (some issues also contain articles by Munk) -- “Euphorbia Albomarginata” California Eclectic Medical Journal vol. 2, no. 8 August 1909, pp. 189-191. -- "Baccharis Glutinosa, Pers.” California Eclectic Medical Journal vol. 3 no. 4 Apri1 1910. pp. 83-85 -- “Prosopis Juliflora or Mesquit” California Eclectic Medical Journal vol. 4, no. 1 January 1911, pp. 3-5. -- “Bursera Microphylla” California Eclectic Medical Journal vol 6 no. 3 March 1913, pp.53-55. -- “Oxidation of Autumnal Foliage in Plants" California Eclectic Medical Journal vol 6, no. 4, pp. 87-88. -- “The Cactus Flora of Arizona” California Eclectic Medical Journal vol (XL probably mean XI) 11, no. 5, May 1919, pp. 108-114.
 

Box 2

Scope and contents

  1. Materia Medica MS part 1
  2. Materia Medica MS part 2
  3. Materia Medica MS part 3
  4. Materia Medica MS Part 4
  5. Materia Medica MS part 5
  6. Materia Medica MS part 6
  7. Materia Medica MS part 7
  8. Materia Medica MS part 8
  9. Lists of drugs
  10. Patent for “Amazonian Tonic or South American Rejuvenator” (1885)
  11. “The Cactus Flora of Arizona” MS 2 copies - lt, 1 hand
  12. MS of published works: Bursera Microphyl1es -- Oxidation of Autumnal Foliage in Plants -- Prosopis Juliflora or Mesquit
  13. Watercolors of Cactus flowers by Mrs. Annie N. Thomas
  14. Miscellaea: Domier “Arzneik d. Aegypter” (pamphlet in German about doctors in Egypt) -- Schimmer’s “Medicin im alten Aegypten” (pamphlet in German about medicine in old Egypt) -- Guenther’s Murietta Mineral Hot Springs souvenir pamphlet -- table of Contents for Scatalogic Rites of All Nations by Capt. John G. Bourke