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Brown, Rudd, 2001-05-12

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Scope and Contents Note

From the Collection:

In 1999, The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum began working together on the Georgia O'Keeffe Oral History Project with the goal of recording and transcribing interviews with Georgia O'Keeffe's surviving relatives, colleagues, friends, and employees.

The co-directors of the project, Agapita Judy Lopez (Director, The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation) and Barbara Buhler Lynes (Curator and Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Research Center, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum) developed a list of individuals to be interviewed by Sarah L. Burt and Jane Cook. The bulk of the interviews were conducted from 2000 to 2003.

The interviews cover a range of topics with special attention to the interviewees' interactions with O'Keeffe and her contributions to the art world and her community.

Most of the interviews were recorded on audiocassettes and were later transcribed by the interviewer. Transcripts and audio recordings have been digitized by the Museum.


  • Creation: 2001-05-12


Conditions Governing Access

Some material restricted at the interviewees' or creators' request.


From the Collection: 5.09 Linear Feet (8 hollinger boxes, 1 album box, 2 audiocassette boxes)




Congressional candidate in 1958 and 1960 from California, Helen (Rudd) Brown is the granddaughter of William Jennings Bryan (three-time candidate for President and Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson) and the daughter of Ruth Bryan Owen, who was the first woman elected to Congress in the South, serving as Representative from Florida from 1928 to 1932. Brown moved to California in 1954 where she became active in the Democratic Party and served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention during the 1960s. She was appointed as division chief in the U. S. Department of Parks and Recreation, where she remained until 1980. Brown met O'Keeffe in the spring of 1963 when she traveled to Abiquiu on a mission for June Wayne, founder and director of Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. Brown, then associate director of Tamarind, was sent to offer O'Keeffe a fellowship to come to Tamarind to create lithographs. Brown is interviewed by Sarah Burt.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Repository

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