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Anita O'Keeffe Young Papers

Identifier: MS-53

Scope and Contents Note

The bulk of the collection consists of handwritten letters from Georgia O'Keeffe to her sister, Anita O'Keeffe Young, dating from the 1940s to the 1970s. The letters largely relate to personal matters, daily activities, and the management of O'Keeffe's paintings. There is some correspondence between O'Keeffe and Robert R. Young, Anita O'Keeffe Young's husband, and his assistant Florence McCormick, related to financial matters. Additionally, there are five small photographs and one article clipping.


  • 1892-1976, undated

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public for research purposes.

Copy and Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or digital images of materials may be made for research purposes only.

Biographical / Historical

Anita O'Keeffe Young (1891-1985), a younger sister of Georgia O'Keeffe, was a noted hostess and philanthropist. Young was married to Robert Ralph Young (1897-1958), a United States financier, industrialist, and railroad magnate. They had one daughter, Eleanor "Cookie" Young, who was known as a "Glamour Debutante". She was killed in a 1941 plane crash. Young purchased several paintings by O'Keeffe and kept them in her three residences: Montsorrel in Palm Beach, Florida; Fairholme in Newport, Rhode Island; and, a New York City apartment.


1.045 Linear Feet


Collection primarily consists of letters from Georgia O'Keeffe to her sister Anita O'Keeffe Young dating from 1937 to 1976. Includes select other correspondents and material.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is arranged into three series: Series 1: Correspondence, Series 2: Photographic Material, Series 3: Clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum by Jean and David W. Wallace in 2016.

Credit Line

Gift of Jean and David W. Wallace.

Ownership and Rights

This collection is the physical property of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The Museum holds rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply. Contact the Archivist for further copyright and publication information as it pertains to this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2017 by Pat Bacha and Elizabeth Ehrnst.
Finding Aid to the Anita O'Keeffe Young Papers, 1892-1976, undated
Elizabeth Ehrnst and Ashley Baranyk
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Repository

217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe NM 87501 US