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Georgia O'Keeffe Paper Survey Research

Identifier: MS-59

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of paper survey research conducted by Barbara Buhler Lynes with Judith Walsh during the course of creating the catalogue raisonné on Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork. Lynes and Walsh researched and documented dimensions, color, texture, thickness, type, and watermark of O’Keeffe’s works on paper, correspondence paper, and unused studio materials. Materials in this collection include paper profile sketch research, sketches arranged in database order, sketches arranged by paper type, correspondence, and publications related to paper types. This collection dates 1993-2003, with some materials undated. Final research findings are published in the catalogue raisonné.


  • Creation: 1993-2003, undated


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

Some Series II files are restricted due to the presence of private collector information. See Archivist for more information. Remainder of collection open to the public for research purposes.

Copy and Reproduction Restrictions

Copies may be made for research purposes only.

Biographical and Historical Note

Barbara Buhler Lynes is an art historian, curator, and Georgia O’Keeffe scholar. She agreed to author the catalogue raisonné in 1992, and served as the curator and Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Research Center. Over the course of the decade, Lynes conducted extensive research to create a comprehensive record of O’Keeffe’s paintings, works on paper, and sculpture.

Judith Walsh, senior paper conservator at the National Gallery of Art, agreed to join the project in 1994. While intending to unframe works on paper to record accurate dimensions and inscriptions, Walsh’s role soon expanded. Lynes and Walsh conducted a paper study to help date and identify works. This technical analysis of material types encompassed not only O’Keeffe’s works on paper, but also her correspondence paper and unused studio materials. Over the course of the survey, Walsh and Lynes documented dimension, color, texture, thickness, type, and watermark of papers. Their research findings provide an invaluable resource and are published as part of the catalogue raisonné.


.63 Linear Feet (1 hollinger box, 1 half hollinger box)


This collection consists of research conducted by Barbara Buhler Lynes with Judith Walsh to complete a paper survey of the types of paper used by Georgia O'Keeffe. This survey was completed during the course of creating the catalogue raisonné. Materials include paper profile sketch research and different database printouts of research findings. The collection dates 1993-2003, with some materials undated.

Arrangement of the Collection

Original order mostly maintained. The collection is divided into two series: Series I: Research; Series II: Paper Profiles and Reports.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum by Barbara Buhler Lynes in 2020.

Credit Line

Gift of Barbara Buhler Lynes.

Related Materials

On January 23, 2020, Elizabeth Ehrnst, Head of Research Collections and Services at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, interviewed Barbara Buhler Lynes and Judith Walsh about the work they conducted on the paper survey. The video interview is a part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum records.

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 processed by Ashley Baranyk in 2022. File titles based on working titles by collection creators.

Finding Aid to the Georgia O'Keeffe Paper Survey Research, 1993-2003, undated
Ashley Baranyk
September 2022
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Repository

217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe NM 87501 US