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Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation Photographs

Identifier: MS-57

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains over 1100 photographs, including copy prints, contact sheets, film, and Polaroids relating to the life and work of Georgia O'Keeffe. The collection includes photography by O'Keeffe that reflects her daily life and photography interests, as well as photography of O'Keeffe and her properties, artwork, and travel. A small portion of the collection relates to The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation and the catalogue raisonne. Copy prints in the collection are often by fine art photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Laura Gilpin, or Eliot Porter and come from other repositories. There are a small number of original enclosures, such as envelopes, boxes, and albums. Part of this collection was accessioned into the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's art collection under the same accession number, 2006.6, and contains fine art photography by artists like Stieglitz, Todd Webb, and Ansel Adams.


  • Creation: 1894-circa 1992, undated


Language of Materials

Materials predominately in English or have no linguistic content.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public for research purposes. Digital assets are available for viewing framed materials.

Copy and Reproduction Restrictions

Copies may be made for research purposes only. For copy prints whose originals and copyright are held by other repositories, copies are not permitted; researchers should contact the repository holding the original regarding copyright.

Biographical and Historical Note

American modernist painter Georgia O'Keeffe cultivated her public image through photography as early as 1918 with a series of photographs by Alfred Steiglitz. Photographers followed O'Keeffe to New Mexico, where she permanently moved after Stieglitz's death. Her likeness appeared in magazines such as Time and Architectural Digest, which featured her Abiquiu home and studio. During this time, O'Keeffe developed her own style of photography, capturing snapshots of her home, beloved Chow Chows, and western landscapes. These photographs passed from O'Keeffe's personal collection to The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation after her death.


10.396 Linear Feet


This collection includes photographic materials related to Georgia O'Keeffe, her properties, travel, and artwork dating from 1894 to circa 1992. In addition to photographic prints and film, there are also original enclosures such as envelopes, boxes, and albums.

Arrangement of the Collection

Original order unknown. Materials arranged in accession number order.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum by The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation in 2006.

Credit Line

Gift of The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation.

Existence and Location of Originals

Numerous copy prints in this collection come from other repositories, and some originals are in the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's art collection. See photographs' item-level records or contact the Archivist for more information.

Related Materials

Part of this collection was accessioned into the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's art collection under the same accession number, 2006.6.

Georgia O'Keeffe Photographs (MS.37 / 2014.3) is located at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and contains photographs previously in O'Keeffe's possession of a similar nature as the photography in this collection.

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.

Explanation of Rights

Processing Information

This collection was inventoried by Kelly Swickard. Photographs were arranged loosely into groups based on subject matter by Barbara Buhler Lynes. Elizabeth Ehrnst continued processing. Final processing completed by Ashley Baranyk in 2022.

The majority of this collection is digitized.

Finding Aid to The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation Photographs, 1894-circa 1992, undated
Ashley Baranyk
February 2022
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Repository

217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe NM 87501 US