Size: The collection comprises c.1 metre of publications.
Access: A complete survey of the collection can be found in the shelf list at the Department. The collection also includes a card index composed by G.W. Gijsbers, in which the titles of printed works by Cremer furnished along with the acquisition can be found.
More information: Ad Leerintveld 070-3140320.
In 1948, the antiquarian bookseller G.W. Gijsbers, more or less by chance, acquired an extensive collection of manuscripts by Jacob Jan Cremer (1827-1880). After the publication of Father Hugo Sanders' thesis had alerted librarian L. Brummel to the existence of the Cremer collection, the latter managed to acquire it for the KB.
Cremer is mainly known for his idyllic, rural novellas written in the Betuwe dialect, e.g. Het Pauwenveerke and Bruur Joapik, but apart from that he has also written much "ordinary" literary work. The collection is important because in a few cases draft versions have been kept alongside the final version. There are also autographic copies of novellas, which Cremer produced for the purpose of public readings. Some manuscripts contain pen drawings by Cremer; besides this, there are a few letters and some other documents.
H. Sanders. Jacob Cremer. Haarlem 1952. Proefschrift Nijmegen.
G.W. Gijsbers. 'Antiquarische belevenissen'. In: De boekenwereld 11 (1994/1995), p. 214-220.