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William Justema miscellaneous acquisitions collection

Identifier: AG 120

Scope and Contents

Series 1, Monograph, contains the monograph, Private papers: Poems of an Army Year by William Justema. A book of verse on a year in the Army (1942-1943); introduction by Witter Bynner. Published by Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, New York, 1944.

Series 2, Photographic materials, contains thirty-nine 8 x 10 inch black and white reproduction prints from Margrethe Mather’s photographs in the CCP collections. Each reproduction has a typed caption and comments by William Justema on the verso.


  • 1944


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Biographical Note

William Justema (1904-1987) was an artist, designer, and writer known for his book Margaret: A Memoir on the photographer Margrethe Mather. He moved to California as a teenager to study art; there he met and befriended Mather in 1922. Justema remained close with Mather until the mid-1930s, working with her in her photography studio and modelling for many of her photographs. In 1931 Justema collaborated with Mather on an exhibition titled Patterns by Photography in the M.H. deYoung Museum in San Francisco, Mather’s only museum exhibition. He once possessed a significant collection of Mather’s photographic materials, some of which has been transferred to the Center for Creative Photography Archive and Fine Print collections. Justema spent a year in the army from 1942-1943, spent time at a Benedictine monastery in Oregon in the early 1950s, and worked as a pattern designer for over forty years. He died in 1987.


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This collection contains miscellaneous materials relating to the career in the arts of William Justema (1904-1987), painter and poet. Of note are thirty-nine reproduction photographs by his friend, the photographer Margrethe Mather.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Monograph, 1944, 1 box
  2. Series 2: Photographic materials, n.d., 3 folders

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Series 1, Gift of Terence Pitts, 1983.


  • Justema, William. Margaret: A Memoir. Center for Creative Photography, no. 11, December 1979, pp 5-19, Accessed 12 November 2020.
  • Kramer, Hilton. ART VIEW; Photographer Extraordinaire. The New York Times, The New York Times Company, 23 December 1979, Section D, Page 31, Accessed 12 November 2020.

Processing Information

The materials found in Series 1 and 2 were withdrawn from MISCELLANEOUS SMALL COLLECTIONS (AG 8, Subgroup 24 and AG 8, Subgroup 17 respectively) by Kristi Bradford, April, 1990. The finding aid was updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016 and by Tai Huesgen in November 2020.

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Repository Details

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