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Dorothy Stewart to and from Ethel Barr, 1928-1945

 File — binder: 125

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N. Stewart; stewardship of the Los Luceros hacienda, deeded to her by museum founder Mary Cabot Wheelwright; and an unpublished book on her time as a companion of Georgia O'Keeffe at Ghost Ranch and the renovation of O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiu, New Mexico.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: 1928-1945


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.)


ETHEL STEWART BARR [a.k.a. "Sister Ethel"; Mrs. George W. Barr] Correspondence from Dorothy Stewart to Ethel Barr: There are eight letters from Stewart to Barr, Jan. 3, 1928 - July 29, 1938 in this archive and in the binder. One is from Santa Fe; three from various locales in Mexico; one from Italy; one from France; and two from Oxford, England. The letter of May 5, [1935] is profusely illustrated. The letter of July 12, 1935 discusses M.C.'s eye operation in Mexico. The letters of 1937 - 1938 describe Stewart's travels in Europe with M.C. In the May 28, 1938 letter from Oxford Stewart relates her attitude toward British class prejudice and M.C.'s relationship with Cresson Kearny. The letter of July 29, 1938 continues these themes and also tells of a visit with M.C.'s relatives, the Lows in London, especially old Annie Low. There are five undated letters from Stewart to Barr. All are written from various locales in Mexico. The first letter in this group, written from Guanajuato, Mexico, probably in 1931 is illustrated. These letters probably date circa 1931 - 1932. There are five undated letters from Stewart to Barr written from Santa Fe. The third letter in this group, dated Dec. 26 [no year], discusses Dr. Gertrude Light of Taos, as does the second letter in the preceding group from Mexico. The fifth letter in this group from Santa Fe concerns the annual "Indian Fair" and two clippings concerning the fair's attempt to preserve and promote Native American culture were found with the letter. Correspondence from Ethel Barr to Dorothy Stewart: There is one letter from Barr to Stewart, Feb. 8, [1945]. The letter mentions that D.N.S. is in the hospital, probably for her cancer surgery on Feb. 1, 1925. [See: Margretta Dietrich to Maria Chabot, February 1945]

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Repository

217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe NM 87501 US