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Annie and Guus Huisman-van Bergen collection

Identifier: ubl087

Scope and Contents

The collection of Annie and Guus Huisman-van Bergen gives a varied survey of modern printmaking and, to a lesser extent, of draughtmanship in Holland from the 1970s and 1980s, with some works dating from the 1990s. Annie Huisman was in close contact with many of the artists whose works she collected. Chris Buursen, Frans de Jong, Ad Meerman, Anton de Vrede, Arhur Stam, Ru van Rossum, Henri Plaat and the somewhat older artist Harry van Kruiningen are all well represented in the collection. Occasionally older prints were purchased from artists like Marius Bauer and Philip Zilcke.


  • Creation: 1970-1995


Conditions Governing Use

Regulations that apply during the use of these materials can be found on the website of Leiden University Library.

Biographical / Historical

Annie Huisman-van Bergen was a social psychologist and worked as such for several research institutions. She had a fierce interest in student resistance during the Second World War, on which subject she published various articles. Her husband Guus Huisman was curator of Oriental Printed Works at Leiden University Library until his retirement in 1981.


306 prints, including some portfolio’s, and 39 drawings.

Language of Materials


Abstract in Dutch

Verzameling moderne grafiek en tekeningen van vooral Nederlandse kunstenaars, bijeengebracht door Annie en Guus Huisman-van Bergen.

Abstract in English

Collection of modern graphic art and drawings, primarily by Dutch artists, gathered by Annie and Guus Huisman-van Bergen.

Physical Location

Leiden University Library, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

All works have been recorded in the Digitool database. A catalogue, including an inventory, of the collection will be published in 2007.

Custodial History

Annie en Guus Huisman-van Bergen started collecting modern art in the 1970s. Although both had a lively interest in art it was mainly Annie who started collecting on a larger scale after her husband’s death. Besides graphic art and drawings, she collected paintings and sculpture. Many works were obtained from the artists directly, other were purchased at art galleries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection of graphic art and drawings was donated to the university in 2006 through the mediation of Remke Kruk, professor of Arabic Language and Culture at Leiden University.

Related Materials

The prints and drawings from the collection of Annie and Guus Huisman-van Bergen are part of the larger collections of modern and contemporary art in the Print Room. Related collections are those of the Donation Mr. Piet Cleveringa and N. Bakker.

Separated Materials

After the death of Annie Huisman-van Bergen (2003) her paintings and sculptures were either sold at auctions or passed on to her heirs. This applies as well to the graphic art and drawings, of which however a generous selection was made to be donated to the University Library.


  • Schaeps, J., Moderne grafiek uit de schenking Annie en Guus Huisman-van Bergen, in: Omslag 3 (2006), pp.1-2.


The material of this collection can be requested at the Special Collections Reading Room.

Processing Information

The prints and drawings have been integrated into the general collections of drawings and prints. A catalogue of the collection is in preparation.

Collection guide of the Annie and Guus Huisman-van Bergen collection (1970-1995)
Collectie Annie en Guus Huisman-van Bergen
Jef Schaeps, 2006
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This finding aid has been written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leiden University Libraries Archives & Collections Repository

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