Size:The collection comprises c. 3 metres.
Access: There is a typewritten inventory available of the collection that was acquired in 1929. Later acquisitions can be traced back by means of the card catalogues at the Department of Special Collections. The letters have also been catalogued in the Catalogus Epistularum Neerlandicarum.
More information: Ad Leerintveld 070-3140320.
In 1929 Charley Toorop donated the archive of her father Johannes Theodoor Toorop (1858-1928) to the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. The collection has a markedly documentary character. The correspondence in the collection can be divided into two parts: correspondence between relatives, which also incorporates letters of Toorop himself (amongst others to his future spouse, Annie Hall, and to his daughter Charley), and the letters he received from fellow artists, patrons and admirers. Apart from this, the archive also contains some personal documents, such as a collection of photographs and decorations. The lion's share of the collection, however, is formed by books and articles about Toorop, catalogues of exhibitions of his work, books by other authors with Toorop's notes, and samples and clichés of book bindings and book illustrations he designed. Since 1929 the collection has been expanded systematically, mainly by the acquisition or purchase of smaller clusters of correspondence, for example with Mies Elout-Drabbe (1965) and William Degouve de Nuncques (1990). Also worth mentioning is the discovery of a croquis made by Toorop on the end leaf of a book in the library of Mr and Mrs Roland Holst-van der Schalk, in 1980.
- Jan Toorop. De Nijmeegse jaren 1908-1916. [Nijmegen] 1978.
- V. Hefting, Jan Toorop. Een kennismaking. Amsterdam 1989.
- K. Thomassen. 'Jan Toorop'. In: Verzamelaars en verzamelingen. Koninklijke Bibliotheek 1798-1998. Zwolle 1998, p. 115-121.