Guide to the Mrs. Jongeneel Photo Album Collection (1905 – 1910)

Overview +


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This collection was assembled by Mrs. M. Jongeneel. It was donated to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in 1996 by Johanna Gopevic, Mrs. Jongeneel’s daughter, via Margaret Koch.


Number of Containers:  One (1) Box
Linear Feet:  0.5 Linear Feet


Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Archives
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


This collection consists of a photograph album from Mrs. M. Jongeneel.  The album consists of photographs of various locations in Seabright, Twin Lakes, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Veu de L’Eau. There are also some photographs of Oakley, CA.  The collection reflects the interests and activities of Mrs. Jongeneel with her family and friends.


The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Preferred Citation

Mrs. Jongeneel Photo Album Collection, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the head of Archives at MAH.  Researchers may be responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use material not produced by museum personnel.

Process By

G. Gardner

Date Completed


History +

Mrs. Adriana van Kaathoven, mother of Elizabeth Jongeneel, was born in the Netherlands. She immigrated to California arriving in Santa Cruz in 1909. She was an accomplished musician. She took a keen interest in all things musical and was strongly interested in art and artists in the community. Shw was a lifetime honorary vice-president of the Monday Music Club. She died in 1939 at the age of 91.

Mrs. Elizabeth Jongeneel was born in the Netherlands. In 1907 during a visit to Santa Cruz she became known as the Fish Heroine of Santa Cruz – she caught the largest fish without the aid of a hook and line.  She found a 65 pound sea bass washed up on the beach, using a stick she kept the sea bass out of the water until help arrived.  She moved to the Santa Cruz area circa 1928. Her husband, Martin, and Elizabeth established the Beth-Mar Nursery in Aptos. She was a music patron in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. She was a charter member of the San Francisco Opera Association. She was also a member of the Monday Music Club of Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Garden Club, and the Santa Cruz Women’s Club. She died in 1955 at the age of 80.

Beth-Mar Nursery – in a 22 July 1929 article “Flower Lovers’ Club Caravan Visits Three Lovely Gardens” in the Santa Cruz Evening News, page 8, column 1. The nursery was one of gardens visited. Highlights from the article include “Beth-Mar has been created almost entirely within a year….” and “Mr. Jongeneel experiments with many government specimens and at the present time have several rare and interesting plants….”

Contents +

PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM (1905 – 1910)

One (1) Album

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains a black cloth covered photograph album. The front cloth cover is very worn and in poor shape. The cloth for the back cover is missing entirely. The album is 7 ½” x 5 ½”. There are some pages missing. There are photographs of Seabright, Twin Lakes, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and the Veu de L’eau. There are also photographs of Oakley, CA. The photographs date from 1907 to 1909.In addition to sites there are also photos of family and friends. (129 x Photos)

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