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John O'Hara Cosgrave papers

Identifier: Ax 718

Scope and Contents note

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.


  • Creation: 1930-1970


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and 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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/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.


12.5 linear feet (13 containers)

Language of Materials



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.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Books and IllustrationsCorrespondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous PapersBooks and Illustrations IICorrespondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers IINotes and IllustrationsBooks and Illustrations IIICorrespondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers IIIBooks and Illustrations IVCorrespondences, Achievements, and Miscellaneous Papers IVBooks and Illustrations IV

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA