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Los Luceros related correspondence, 1954-1956

 File — binder: 146
Identifier: 6.1

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N. Stewart; stewardship of the Los Luceros hacienda, deeded to her by museum founder Mary Cabot Wheelwright; and an unpublished book on her time as a companion of Georgia O'Keeffe at Ghost Ranch and the renovation of O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiu, New Mexico.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: 1954-1956


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Materials predominantly in English.

Access Restrictions

Photographs subseries contains some fragile materials. 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.)


In 1954 there are fifteen letters, five with envelopes, and four cards. There is a letter and form from The Ladies Home Journal, Jan. 13, 1956, asking to include the Los Luceros Hacienda in its guidebook of homes. Following this are letters between Maria Chabot and Mary Cabot Wheelwright, January through March, which concern this listing and opening of the house to public tours. There are a total of six letters and four post cards from MCW to MC and five letters from MC to MCW. There is one letter from MC to Kenneth Foster, who would become director of MCW's Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art, concerning a visit to Los Luceros and a letter from Rosita Roybal of the Museum of New Mexico concerning the acquisition of an archive of early New Mexican documents of interest to MC. In 1955 there are five letters, two with envelopes, and all between MC and MCW. The letters describe life and business at Los Luceros. In 1956 there are thirty-five letters, seven with envelopes, two post cards, and one receipt from Carlota Archuleta, dated Oct. 31, [1956]. Within these are sixteen letters and two post cards from MCW to MC and twelve letters from MC to MCW. There are two letters from MC to Josiah Wheelwright, Feb. 28, 1956 and Aug. 22, 1956; two letters between MC and T. Dufur, Feb. 17, 1956, concern advertisement of a rental; and one letter from Oliver Seth to MC, April 4, 1956, concerns reparations for an accident on Los Luceros property; with this is a letter to Seth from Dr. W.C. Weston concerning treatment of the victim. There is one letter from MC to "Harry," April 2, 1956, last name unknown.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Repository

217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe NM 87501 US