Guide to the John O'Hara Cosgrave Papers
1930-1970

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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: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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 Description

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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

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 Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Books and Illustrations
  • Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers
  • Books and Illustrations II
  • Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers II
  • Notes and Illustrations
  • Books and Illustrations III
  • Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers III
  • Books and Illustrations IV
  • Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers IV
  • Books and Illustrations IV

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series:  Books and Illustrations
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

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Series:  Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
file
6 1 Outgoing/Incoming 1948-1970

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Series:  Books and Illustrations II
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

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Series:  Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers II
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

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Series:  Notes and Illustrations
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

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Series:  Books and Illustrations III
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

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Series:  Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers III
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
file
9 7 Incoming correspondence 1936

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Series:  Books and Illustrations IV
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

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Series:  Correspondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers IV
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

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Series:  Books and Illustrations IV
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
file
13 6 Sketchbooks. Twenty 1948

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Cosgrave, John O'Hara, 1908-1968
  • Cosgrave, John O'Hara, 1908-1968--Correspondence
  • Cosgrave, John O'Hara, 1908-1968--Interviews
  • Cosgrave, Mary Silva--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Artists--United States
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Christmas cards--Specimens
  • Illustration of books--United States--20th century
  • Illustrators--United States
  • Sailing ships in art
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations
    • Book jackets
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Sketchbooks

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