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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1226

Houghton Library collection of printed material designed by Fré Cohen


Collection of printed material designed by Dutch artist Fré Cohen.


  • 1922-1938


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


1.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Collection is comprised of 79 printed items in various formats and bindings produced chiefly in Amsterdam.

Biographical / Historical

Frederika Sophia (Fré) Cohen (1903-1943) was a self-educated Dutch artist and graphic designer whose work was influenced stylistically by art deco and De Stijl. She created paintings, portraits, drawings, woodcuts and linocuts as well as her prolific design work in print. Cohen went into hiding in 1941 during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands; in 1943 she was arrested by the Germans in Borne and took her own life at the age of 39.


Minimally processed; not end processed.
Arrangement This finding aid is in arranged in order of catalogue raisonné number; items in boxes are not in order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019MH-9. Purchased from Ursus Books, Ltd, with funds from the Bentinck-Smith Fund, 2018.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Melanie Wisner, 2018.
The list used to create this finding aid was provided by the seller. With each item there is listed, if available, the date (or "ND" for no date), the design element that Cohen contributed to the piece, a notation of "AJC" if the piece was produced by or for De Arbeiders Jeudg Centrale (the Socialist Party's youth organization), and the CR number (probably catalogue raisonné references).
Link to catalog


Houghton Library, collector. Houghton Library collection of printed material designed by Fré Cohen, 1922-1938 (MS Typ 1226): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2018 August 14
Description rules
Language of description
English, Dutch

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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