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Georgia O'Keeffe book, 1943-1998, undated

Identifier: 3.5

Scope and Contents Note

From the Collection:

The Maria Chabot Papers contains materials collected by Maria Chabot. Included are personal records; diaries and travel diaries; extensive correspondence dating from 1933 to 2001 with colleagues, family, and friends; interviews with Chabot; photographs, slides, and negatives; notebooks, research notes, writings, brochures, photocopies, and other miscellaneous papers; as well as a small number of materials related to Chabot family history including family albums, histories, photographs and records. The bulk of the materials relate to Maria Chabot's research, writing, and literary work. There are more than 60 drafts or completed short stories, novels, and non-fiction materials that Chabot generated over the years, along with rejection letters she received from publishers; copies of the published articles on Indian arts and crafts that she wrote in the 1930s; and documents, notes, photographs, records and reports she generated when attending conferences, taking courses, and working on various projects. Chabot undertook significant projects in the 1930s and 1940s, including a photographic survey of Southwestern native and traditional arts and crafts with artist Dorothy N. Stewart; stewardship of the Los Luceros hacienda, deeded to her by museum founder Mary Cabot Wheelwright; and an unpublished book on her time as a companion of Georgia O'Keeffe at Ghost Ranch and the renovation of O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiu, New Mexico. The collection also contains books, newspaper and magazine clippings, art work, photographs, ephemera, and audiovisual materials of interest to Maria Chabot, which she collected over her lifetime.


  • Creation: 1943-1998, undated


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Materials predominantly in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public for research purposes. Select materials in this collection may be restricted for reasons of cultural sensitivity or for privacy. Materials related to the Christiane Gallet biography are restricted. Some materials in this collection were labeled "confidential" by Maria Chabot during the course of her lifetime; they do not necessarily have present-day restrictions on access. See the Archivist for more information. Some materials are fragile and may require handling by the Archivist.


From the Collection: 74.4 Linear Feet (62 Full Hollinger boxes (15.25" x 5" x 10.25"): 25.85 Linear feet. 71 Half Hollinger boxes (15.25" x 2.5" x 10.25"): 14.84 Linear feet. 8 11x14 boxes: 9.36 Linear feet. 8 9x12 boxes: 9 Linear feet. 6 16x20 boxes: 10.02 Linear feet. 1 20x24 boxes: 2 Linear feet. 8 5x12 boxes: 3.33 Linear feet. 164 total boxes.)


This series contains reflections and observations of a nature Maria Chabot considered private. These were found with a note, Sept. 22, 1960, asking that the material be burned. In MC's final legal testament there is no provision for destruction of any material. There were no restrictions placed upon the collection by the donor. Much material herein is similar to other writings found in MC's self-analysis files also written in 1949 and 1950. There are also reflections from 1977 and collection of notes from 1948-1949, which MC noted were to be shared only with Barbara Lynes. There are also un-sent letters from MC to GOK. Only one of these is dated, Jan. 26, 1949. All were found in the "MC Personal, Self-Analysis, 1950" files. Includes MC's analysis of her relationship with O'Keeffe based on reading Eric Fromm, Eric Berne, and Karen Horney. Also, MC notes and various concepts for a book she wanted to write on O'Keeffe, their relationship and time together in Abiquiu. Loose notes and two notebooks date from the 1940s to 1990s. There are also notes on MC's response to O'Keeffe's retrospective exhibition at MOMA, 1946, and a file of quotations from O'Keeffe. A copy of Georgia O'Keeffe [Viking Press, 1976] inscribed by O'Keeffe to MC was moved to the library. This volume was found with many paper place marks with notes by MC. These were removed for conservation sake and are retained in a folder in this series with notation of their previous placement in the book.


Materials in the Georgia O'Keeffe book subseries retain their original order as much as possible.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Repository

217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe NM 87501 US