In 1929/30, Richardis Wustl taught sport, drawing, German and craft in England. She finished school in Klosterneuburg in 1931 and then studied history and art history at the University of Vienna. On conclusion of her dissertation on the concept of "fatherland" in Austrian political thinking from Baroque to Biedermeier (1940), she worked as a volunteer at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. This was followed by inventory work at Stift Klosterneuburg (September 1941) and cataloguing the books seized in Göttweig Abbey (November 1942). From 1942 she replaced Lothar Kitschelt and Ernst Schuselka, who had been called up into the Wehrmacht, in the sculpture and applied art collection. In late summer 1943 she married Ernst Lagler (1903–1975), an assistant researcher in economics at the university, who had been dismissed in 1939 because of his links with the conservative Othmar Spann and who was working at the time as a consultant in the Reichsstatthalterei Niederdonau. In early May 1944 she had a son. Her temporary research assistantship in the Kunsthistorisches Museum ended in May 1945.
Zu Ernst Lagler:
Reinhard Müller, Ernst Lagler, in: Archiv für die Geschichte der Soziologie in Österreich, Othmar Spann und der "Spannkreis", URL: agso.uni-graz.at/sozio/biografien/l/lagler_ernst.htm (3.12.2020).
Richardis Wustl, Der Begriff des "Vaterlandes" im politischen Denken Östereichs in der Zeit des ausklingenden Barock bis zum Biedermeier, Wien 1940
KHM-Archiv, III 978, PA Richardis Lagler-Wustl; I 53, Korrespondenz 1941/42, Amtsbestätigung für Dr. Richardis Wustl für Inventarisierungsarbeiten im Stift Klosterneuburg, September 1941; I 102, Tätigkeitsberichte 1942–1944, Verzeichnis der durch das KHM entnommenen Literatur aus Göttweig, aufgenommen durch Frau Wustl, November 1942.