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Ziegler, Samuel R. and Isabel H., 2000-03-14

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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: 2000-03-14


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)




Isabel Ziegler (b. 1918) and Samuel Ziegler, M.D. (1914-2000) moved to New Mexico in the late 1940s to start the first community hospital in Espanola. They became friends with O'Keeffe, and Dr. Ziegler served as her personal physician from 1949 to the time of her death in 1986. The Zieglers privately published a book about their lives called For the Soul is Dead (1999) that includes a chapter on O'Keeffe. The Zieglers were interviewed by Sarah Burt.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Repository

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Santa Fe NM 87501 US