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Cor de Gavere Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Cor de Gavere papers
    Dates: 1945-1955
    Collection number: MS 471
    Creator: Gavere, Cor de
    Collection Size: 1 flat

    2 oil paintings
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: Small collection of loose sketches, sketchbooks and oil paintings.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collection & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Cor de Gavere papers. MS 471. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    One painting gift of Santa Cruz Art League.


    Cornelia de Gavere was born in Batavia, Java, East Indies on January 25, 1877. Her parents, Dutch missionaries, died when she was six. She grew up in Gronigen, Holland with her uncle and aunt. She drew and painted in her spare time while working as an assistant pharmacist in Amsterdam. After receiving encouragement from Dutch artist George Windt, she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague in 1907.
    She completed her studies with honors, and moved to a small Dutch artist's colony at Blaricum to paint. From 1911-1914 she exhibited in London and then studied in Paris with Charles Guerin. During WWI she served with the Red Cross as a nurse in France.
    In 1920 she immigrated to the United States with Wilhelmina Van Tonnigen, an elderly friend she met while in art school. Tonnigen was moving to the Seabright area of Santa Cruz to be with her brother.
    Cor de Gavere worked at the Seabright and Garfield Park Branch Libraries, painted almost daily and worked to establish the Santa Cruz Art League with Margaret E. Rogers in the 1920s. She died while visiting relatives in Holland in 1955

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Small collection of loose sketches, sketchbooks and two oil paintings, "Along the Santa Cruz Coast" & [Farm Scene].

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Gavere, Cor de, 1877-1955--Archives
    Rogers, Margaret E. (Margaret Esther)--1872-1961
    Santa Cruz (Calif.)--History
    Santa Cruz Art League