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Georgia O'Keeffe Writings and Other Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1381

Scope and Contents

Collection of writings by Georgia O'Keeffe and other papers. Writings by O'Keeffe include drafts and other materials relating to her autobiographical book, Georgia O'Keeffe (New York: Viking Press, 1976), drafts and a galley proof for her "Introduction" to Georgia O'Keeffe, a portrait (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1978), the catalog produced for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition of portraits of O'Keeffe by Stieglitz, and drafts for several shorter works. Other papers include an address book, one autograph letter from O'Keeffe to Juan Hamilton, a set of gelatin silver prints by Todd Webb of O'Keeffe paintings in a 1946 exhibition, material relating to Stieglitz, and a recipe card file.


  • [1920?]-1982


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Georgia O'Keeffe Writings and Other Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From the collection of Juan Hamilton. Purchased from Sotheby's sale, "Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Juan Hamilton: Passage," March 2020 (lots 13, 45, 46, 53, 57, 62, 70, 74, 82, 84, 96, 100, 107) on the Ezra Pound Archive Fund and Donald Windham-Sandy Campbell Collection Endowment Fund, 2020.


Organized into two series: I. Writings, 1970-1982. II. Other Papers, [1920?]-1970s.


5.34 Linear Feet ((7 boxes) + 1 broadside)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) was an American painter and artist.

The "History of the Archive" note in the finding aid for the Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O'Keeffe Archive (YCAL MSS 85) documents the custodial history of the bulk of O'Keeffe's papers and the construction of the Stieglitz / O'Keeffe archive circa 1949-1992.

Following Georgia O'Keeffe's death in 1986, materials in the Georgia O'Keeffe Writings and Other Papers (YCAL MSS 1381) were in the custody of Juan Hamilton until acquired by the library in 2020. Juan Hamilton is an American sculptor and painter who worked as an assistant to Georgia O'Keeffe from 1973 to 1986, during which time he became the executor and principal beneficiary of her estate. Following O'Keeffe's death, much of what was was left to him was turned over to her family's estate and select materials remained in his possession.

Guide to the Georgia O'Keeffe Writings and Other Papers
by Michael L. Forstrom
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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