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John O'Hara Cosgrave papers, 1930-1970

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Cosgrave, John O'Hara, 1908-1968
Title
John O'Hara Cosgrave papers
Dates
1930-1970 (inclusive)
Quantity
12.5 linear feet, (13 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 718
Summary
John O’Hara Cosgrave II (1908-1968) was an artist and a writer. Although best known for his illustrations of sea vessels, Cosgrave’s works are not restricted to the limits of water. The collection includes illustrations, manuscripts, correspondences, acclamations, book dummies and proofs.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions
Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

John O’Hara Cosgrave II (October 10, 1908-May 11, 1968) was born in San Francisco. He attended the University of California, and studied for two years in Paris in 1930. Upon the expiration of his term in the army (drafted in 1943), Cosgrave became a graphics designer for the United Nations’ founding. Throughout his life, he has always shown a very strong love for the sea, and all things connected; this can be widely seen across his works. Cosgrave died in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains a wide variety of the artist’s works. The contents show an overall process of the work that goes into creating an illustrated book. The sketchbooks, book drafts, and original illustrations are the highlight of this collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John O’Hara Cosgrave Papers, Ax 718, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Or.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series:  Books and IllustrationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Photographs of paintings
1936
2 2
Miscellaneous unidentified illustrations
undated
2 3
Magazine illustrations. Covers and articles
1937-1967
2 4
Matted magazine illustrations
1934
2 5
Annual reports
1947-1950
2 6
Serigraph prints
undated
2 7
American Work Boats. Illustrations
1934
2 8
Clipper Ship. Illustrations
undated
3 1
America Sails the Seas. Illustrations. Ink on illustration board
undated
3 2
Greeting cards
undated
3 3
Greeting cards. Originals
1959
3 4
Sketchbooks. Four
1945-1959
3 5
Fathers of the Industry.
1956
4 1
Clipper Ship.Illustrations. Proof, dummy: watercolor and ink
1956
4 2
Clipper Ship. Sample binding, press proof
1956
4 3
Let the Best Boat Win. Tracings, jacket illustrations, binding stamp, silhouette
undated
4 4
Sketchbooks. Four
1951
5 1
Research materials. Blueprints, prints, photographs
undated
5 2
Prints by John O'Hara Cosgrave III. Four
undated
5 3
Tissue layouts
undated
5 4
Blueprints
1949
5 5
Photographs. Photographs of prints
undated
5 6
Tracings
undated
5 7
Sketchbooks. Two
undated
5 8
Sailing the Seven Seas. Illustrations
undated

Series:  Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous papersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box file
6 1
Outgoing/Incoming
1948-1970

Series:  Books and Illustrations IIReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box file
6 2
Watercolor paintings, book jacket illustrations, magazine cover illustrations
undated
6 3
Sketchbooks
1957-1967
6 4
Rough sketches. Pencil, ink, watercolor
undated
6 5
Photographs, photostats, clippings/tear sheets
1940

Series:  Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers IIReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box file
7 1
Miscellaneous incoming correspondence
1959-1962
7 2
Outgoing correspondence
1951-1970
7 3
Speeches, interviews
1963
7 4
Biographical material
1957
7 5
Certificates and awards
1945-1949
7 6
Little Brown & Co
1967
7 7
Old Sturbridge Village
1959-1961
7 8
Atlantic Monthly Press
1967-1970
7 9
Houghton Mifflin
1950-1963

Series:  Notes and IllustrationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box file
7 10
America Sails the Seas. Holographs, notes, sketches
undated
7 11
America Sails the Seas. Photographs, negatives
undated
7 12
American Work Boats
undated

Series:  Books and Illustrations IIIReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box file
7 13
America Sails the Seas. Illustrations. Tracings, acrylic with ink overlays, green/white/black ink
undated
8 1
Book jacket covers
undated
8 2
Acetate overlays
undated
9 1
Book jacket covers. 1
1953
9 2
Book jacket covers. 2
undated
9 3
Book jacket covers. 3
undated
9 4
Book jacket covers. 4
undated
9 5
Book jacket proofs
undated
9 6
Miscellaneous
1950-1966

Series:  Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers IIIReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box file
9 7
Incoming correspondence
1936

Series:  Books and Illustrations IVReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box file
10 1
Miscellaneous illustrations. Books, Christmas cards, prints, sketchbook
1913-1963
10 2
Christmas cards. “Christmas setting,” “On the open road”
undated
10 3
Christmas cards. “Arrival of packet ship St. Nicholas,” “Going to town”
undated
10 4
Christmas cards. Water color, black ink
undated
11 1
Christmas cards
undated
11 2
Books in collection
1942-1964
11 3
Christmas cards
undated
11 4
Christmas cards
undated
11 5
Christmas cards
undated
11 6
Christmas cards
undated
12 1
Christmas cards
undated
12 2
Work by other artists
1942-1964
12 3
Jacket sketches
undated
12 4
Photostats and ektochrome
1971
12 5
Magazines and catalogues
1946-1954
12 6
Dust jackets
undated
12 7
Dust jacket proofs
undated
12 8
Studies and sketches
undated
12 9
Miscellaneous illustrations. Christmas cards, watercolor, transparencies
undated

Series:  Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers IVReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box file
12 10
Newspaper clippings
1961
12 11
Correspondence
1945
13 1
Letters to Mary Cosgrave
1952-1961
13 2
Correspondence, Incoming
1943
13 3
American Heritage Christmas
undated
13 4
Miscellaneous
1942-1956
13 5
Newspaper clippings
1942-1961

Series:  Books and Illustrations IVReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box file
13 6
Sketchbooks. Twenty
1948