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Georgia O'Keeffe / Alfred Stieglitz Papers

Identifier: MS-61

Scope and Contents Note

The Georgia O'Keeffe / Alfred Stieglitz Papers includes a wide variety of personal documents, providing unique insight into O'Keeffe and Stieglitz's personal finances, business practices, hobbies and interests, and connections to other artists. Includes land deeds, warranty deeds, and quitclaim deeds for O'Keeffe's Abiquiu property. Financial records from the 1930s-1940s include taxes for O'Keeffe and Stieglitz as well as Stieglitz's bank statements with checks issued. Identification papers and personal effects for O'Keeffe include her birth certificate, passport, social security card, and medical cards, along with museum membership cards. O'Keeffe's 1960 tour of Asia is documented through a Donald L. Ferguson travel notebook, receipts, maps, and other ephemera. Cooking materials include booklets, receipts, clippings, and advertisements, and reflect O'Keeffe's interest in nutrition, healthy eating, and modern kitchen appliances. Portfolios, folders, and other empty enclosures in the collection sometimes contain O'Keeffe's and/or Stieglitz's writing, possibly referring to previous enclosure contents and exhibitions. The collection also includes Joni Mitchell's album cover for Mingus with a dedication to O'Keeffe, and Todd Webb's photography of O'Keeffe's Museum of Modern Art exhibition.


  • Creation: 1874-1983, undated


Language of Materials

Materials primarily in English. Spanish, French, and several Asian languages present.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public for research purposes. Personally identifiable information contained in this collection may not be duplicated or disseminated in any way. Contact the Archivist for more information.

Copy and Reproduction Restrictions

Researchers may not photograph, copy, disseminate, share, or otherwise make use of personally identifiable information contained within this collection. For all other materials, copies may be made for research purposes only. Contact the Archivist for more information.

Biographical and Historical Note

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) was an American modernist painter known for her abstract paintings of flowers, skyscrapers, bones, and New Mexico landscapes. Alfred Stieglitz (1862-1946) was an American photographer and gallerist who promoted a select circle of artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe. The two first met in 1907 when O'Keeffe was visiting New York to study at the Art Students League and Stieglitz was running the 291 Gallery. Stieglitz would later exhibit her work at 291, and O'Keeffe would move to New York in 1918. They married in 1924 and lived together full-time in New York until 1929, when O'Keeffe began spending part of each year in New Mexico. O'Keeffe would eventually move to New Mexico permanently after Stieglitz's death in 1946. She owned two homes in New Mexico: the Abiquiu home and studio and the Ghost Ranch house to the north of Abiquiu. With the assistance of Maria Chabot, O'Keeffe took great care to renovate the properties, and developed an extensive garden at her Abiquiu home where she grew fresh produce and herbs. She hosted several guests at her homes, including photographer Todd Webb and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. She also enjoyed world travel, often joining tours facilitated by the Donald L. Ferguson travel agency. O'Keeffe died in 1986 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


16.95 Linear Feet


Personal papers of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. Includes land deeds for O'Keeffe's Abiquiu property, financial records, identification papers and other personal effects, travel ephemera, cooking and food related materials, photography, and enclosures. Materials date from 1874 to 1983.


Materials arranged into seven series by subject type and format, with intent to maintain original order within series when present: Series I: Property; Series II: Finances; Series III: Biographical material; Series IV: Travel; Series V: "Cooking Booklets"; Series VI: Photography; Series VII: Enclosures.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum by Juan and Anna Marie Hamilton in 2020.

Credit Line

Gift of Juan and Anna Marie Hamilton.

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 2021.

Quotation marks used in series, file, and item titles indicate titles derived from annotations and writings made by O'Keeffe or Stieglitz.

Finding Aid to the Georgia O'Keeffe / Alfred Stieglitz Papers
Ashley Baranyk
September 2021
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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