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Letters to Narcissa Swift King

Identifier: MS-12

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes seven letters from Georgia O'Keeffe to Narcissa Swift King dating from 1940 to 1971. The seven letters are brief and relate to the friendship between the two women.


  • 1940-1971

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public for research purposes.

Copy and Reproduction Restrictions

Copies of print materials may be made for research purposes only.

Biographical and Historical Note

Narcissa Swift King (1910-1997) was heiress to the Chicago-based Swift meatpacking fortune and married to Clinton (Blair) King. A friend of Georgia O'Keeffe's, the two traveled across country to New Mexico in June of 1940. O'Keeffe may have titled her pastel Narcissa's Last Orchid for an orchid plant given to O'Keeffe by King.


0.209 Linear Feet (7 letters)


The collection includes seven letters from Georgia O'Keeffe to Narcissa Swift King dating from 1940 to 1971.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in 2003 by Robin Rowan Clarke.

Related Materials

The letters from Narcissa Swift King to Georgia O'Keeffe are located in the Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O'Keeffe Archive, Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Ownership and Rights

The collection is the physical property of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. 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 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Archivist for further copyright and publication information as it pertains to this collection.

Processing Information

Processing of the collection was completed by Elizabeth Ehrnst in 2010.
Finding Aid to the Letters to Narcissa Swift King, 1940-1971
Elizabeth Ehrnst
April 2012
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