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Doris Bry papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 865

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, publication material, art work, printed material, photographs, and other papers relating to Doris Bry's various editorial projects and professional association with Georgia O'Keeffe. The January 2017 acquisition consists of records organized by and received from the Doris Bry Trust, including correspondence between Bry and O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz estate papers, research materials for catalogues raissoné for O'Keeffe and Stieglitz, records of Bry's work as an art dealer, legal papers, publishing projects, additional correspondence and personal papers, audiovisual materials, and computer media.


  • circa 1880s-2010s
  • Majority of material found within 1930s-2010s


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

13 (Art)-14 (Art), Boxes 15 (Oversize)-17 (Oversize), 18 (Art)-20 (Art) and 21 (Roll): Restricted material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Boxes 53-120, 134-191, 207, 268-270, 280-282, 302, 306-309, 316, 319-320: Restricted until December 5, 2060. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Boxes 121-133, 255-258, 305: Restricted until December 5, 2040. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Boxes 261, 264, 305, 315, and 316 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 97, 175, 259, 260, 262, 263, 304, and 314 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Doris Bry, 2003-2008.

January 2017 acquisition: Gift of the Doris Bry Trust, 2017.


The collection is organized into four groupings: November 2002 acquisition; February 2004 acquisition; June 2008 acquisition; and January 2917 acquisition.


301.67 Linear Feet ((304 boxes) + 15 art, 2 rolls, 16 broadsides, 1 oversize broadside)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Doris Bry

Doris Bry (1920-2014) was a scholar of Alfred Stieglitz, and was Georgia O'Keeffe's business agent and confidant. She is the author of Alfred Stieglietz: Photographer (1965), and editor or co-editor of Some Memories of Drawings (by Georgia O'Keeffe, 1974) , Georgia O'Keeffe, in the West (1989), and Georgia O'Keeffe: The New York Years (1991).

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as: Uncat MSS 433, Uncat MSS 635, Uncat MSS 1027.

The collection received preliminary processing at the time of acquisition. Further rehousing, and description were carried out in 2014. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, titled according to month and year of acquisition.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

Researchers should note that material within each acquisition overlaps with and/or relates to material found in other acquisitions. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the Collection Contents section. Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each acquisition, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the library.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Doris Bry Papers
by Beinecke Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 2020: Finding aid updated with January 2017 acquisition.

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