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Blair Galleries, Ltd. Records

Identifier: MS-14

Scope and Content Note

Donald A. Blair and Bettina Steinke originally opened Blair Galleries in 1949 in Claremore, Oklahoma. The couple moved to New Mexico in 1955 and opened Blair Galleries, Ltd. in 1965 in Taos, New Mexico. In 1968, Blair opened a second gallery at The Compound on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the couple later moved to Santa Fe in 1970. The Compound on Canyon Road became home, studio, and gallery for the Blairs, but by 1988 the Blairs had established business offices and a studio at 462 Acequia Madre in Santa Fe. Bettina died on July 11, 1999 and Donald died shortly after on September 18, 2000.

The Blair Galleries, Ltd. Records contain materials primarily relating to the sale of two Georgia O'Keeffe oil paintings to Mr. and Mrs. George M. Harris.


  • Creation: 1966-1969

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public for research purposes. The photographic print materials may be accessed by researchers. Access of film materials requires the permission of the archivist.

Copy and Reproduction Restrictions

Copies of materials may be made for research purposes only. Copying of film requires permission of the Archivist.


0.209 Linear Feet


The Blair Galleries, Ltd. Records contain materials primarily relating to the sale of two Georgia O'Keeffe oil paintings to Mr. and Mrs. George M. Harris. This collection consists of correspondence, photographic prints, 120 film, and clippings.

Arrangement of the Collection

Arrangement within the series is chronological and consistent with the original order in which the materials were received. The collection is arranged into the following series:


Series 1
Series 2
Clippings and Notes
Series 3
Photographic Material

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in October 2009 by Albert Wadle of Wadle Galleries Ltd. in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Related Materials

The bulk of the records relating to the Blair Galleries, Ltd. are part of the Bettina Steinke & Don Blair Papers collection at the Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Ownership and Rights

This 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 this collection was completed by Elizabeth Ehrnst in 2010.


Finding Aid to the Blair Galleries, Ltd. Records, 1966-1969
Elizabeth Ehrnst
September 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
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