Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Archives
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Archives are housed in the Museum's Research Center, which opened in 2001. Archives collections include important materials relating to Georgia O'Keeffe and her contemporaries such as oral histories, correspondence, ephemera, and photographs. Additionally, the Museum Archives also actively collects institutional files relating to the Museum's history and manuscript collections of scholars dedicated to the study of Georgia O'Keeffe and American Modernism. Processed archives collections have finding aids available online.
Select materials from the archives collections have been digitized and can be accessed through the Museum's online collections.
The Museum Archives can be accessed in the Research Center’s reading room by appointment. For further information, please consult our policies and procedures.
The William Innes Homer Collection Archive
In 2004, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center acquired an extensive archives collection from Professor William Innes Homer (1929-2012), one of America's most important and well-known scholars of American art. Homer received his doctoral degree in art history from Harvard in 1961, and after teaching at Princeton and Cornell, joined the faculty at the University of Delaware, where he played a major role in developing one of America's most distinguished art history programs. While at Delaware, he was chair of the art history department from 1966-93 and was named the H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Art History in 1984. Before retiring in 2000, Homer was the curator of many exhibitions, such as Avant-Garde Painting and Sculpture in America, 1910–25 (1975); The Symbolism of Light: The Photographs of Clarence H. White (1977); and The Photo-Secession: The Golden Age of Pictorial Photography in America (1983–84). He also wrote numerous books and exhibition catalogues, such as Robert Henri and His Circle (1969); Alfred Stieglitz and the American Avant-Garde (1977); Alfred Stieglitz and the Photo-Secession (1983); Albert Pinkham Ryder: Painter of Dreams (with Lloyd Goodrich, 1989); Thomas Eakins: His Life and Art (1992); and The Language of Contemporary Criticism Clarified (1999). The research for these and many other projects Homer carried out during his eminent career—as well as numerous photographs, rare exhibition brochures, correspondence, and other documents—are available for scholars to consult.
The Maria Chabot Archive
In 2001, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center received, as a bequest from the Estate of Maria Chabot, hundreds of letters she received from Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz between 1941 and O'Keeffe's death in 1986. Most of the letters date from the 1940s and describe the experiences Chabot and O'Keeffe shared during the years Chabot lived with O'Keeffe at the artist's Ghost Ranch house (1941-44) and oversaw the renovation of the ruined adobe hacienda that O'Keeffe purchased in 1945 in the village of Abiquiu (1946-49). Most of O'Keeffe's letters to Chabot were written from New York, and because the artist corresponded frequently from New York only with Chabot, her letters are a rich and unique resource of information about the artist's thoughts and feelings about her daily life there. These letters, in addition to photographs taken by Maria Chabot, comprise the Maria Chabot Archive.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation Archive
Materials from the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation include original documents and photocopies of documents dating from the late 1890s to 1986 that were in O’Keeffe’s possession at the time of her death, such as personal and professional correspondence, ephemera, and an extensive collection of photographs of and by O’Keeffe. These materials are in the state of being processed.