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Kathrin Cawein Collection

Identifier: MS-37

Scope and Contents

This collection shares the story regarding the life and artwork of Kathrin Cawein. The contents include many examples of Kathrin's artwork and writings, a collection of her personal correspondence and papers, and two large scrapbooks containing newspapers clippings and certificates recieved throughout her career as an artist. Examples of her artwork include many sketches and holiday greeting cards featuring her artwork. A large number of photographs depict Kathrin throughout her life from the time she was a young girl to her time as an artist working her trade, and continuing through her later birthday celebrations and exhibits into the early 1990s.


  • 1915-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Pacific University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of Pacific University is retained by Pacific University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical note

Kathrin Cawein was a visual artist who lived most of her life in Pleasantville, New York. She was born May 9th, 1895 in New London, Connecticut. Her first work surrounded research on methods for recording musical performances, and she worked as a piano roll editor from 1911-32. She studied at the Art Students League from 1927 to 1932, and made a career of working with several different media in fine arts, notably printmaking. She exhibited her work in group shows in the United States and internationally in countries including England, France, and Italy. She was a member of the National Association of Woman Artists, Chicago Society of Etchers, Society of Graphic Artists, and had a life membership in the Art Students League. In 1964 she married Senator Seabury Cone Mastick of New York. She received an honorary degree of Master of Arts from Oberlin College in 1966. In 1980 Kathrin was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from Pacific University. Her name is included in Who’s Who of American Women, and The World Who’s Who of American Women. In 1979 Kathrin exhibited her work in Marsh Hall on the Pacific University campus and established a scholarship fund for art students on campus. She died in 1996 at the age of 100.


3.5 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



Kathrin Cawein was a visual artist who lived most of her life in Pleasantville, New York. This collection includes examples of her artwork, personal correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs and other material illustrating her career and personal life.


No accruals are expected.


Guide to the Kathrin Cawein Collection
Jessie Sweeney
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Finding aid written in English.
Sponsored by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Repository Details

Part of the Pacific University Archives Repository

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