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Georgia O'Keeffe Research Collection

Identifier: AC 600

Scope and Content

Collection contains Nancy Reily’s research material about Georgia O'Keeffe covering all periods of her life (1887-1986) and to her ancestors. Material includes photocopies of Georgia O’Keeffe letters and primary source documents held elsewhere. Some material (family history, genealogical documents) relates to Reilly’s family (Mortens) who were neighbors to GOK in Abiquiu. The papers were mostly compiled during the Reily’s research and writing process, from about 1996 to 2011. Much of the original correspondence dates from this period.


  • 1877-2011

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Information

Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916. She is best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. Born on 15 November 1887 near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; O'Keeffe attended high school in Madison, Wisconsin between 1901 and 1902. She joined her family in Virginia in 1903 where she completed high school and graduated in 1905. From 1905-1906 she studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. O'Keeffe abandoned the idea of pursuing a career as an artist in 1908 and took a job in Chicago as a commercial artist. After attended Teachers College of Columbia University from 1914–15 augmented by additional courses at Columbia in 1916, she took a job as head of the art department at West Texas State Normal College (West Texas A&M) from fall 1916 to February 1918. In 1924, O’Keeffe married Alfred Stieglitz whom she had met and known for years during her time in New York. By 1929, O'Keeffe traveled to New Mexico. Between 1929 and 1949, she visited New Mexico annually to paint. In August 1934, she visited Ghost Ranch, north of Abiquiú, for the first time and decided immediately to live there; in 1940, she moved into a house on the ranch property. In 1972, O'Keeffe's eyesight was compromised and she stopped oil painting but continued working in pencil and charcoal until 1984. O'Keeffe became increasingly frail in her late 90s. She moved to Santa Fe in 1984, where she died on March 6, 1986, at the age of 98.


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Related Material

Nancy Hopkins Reily, Georgia O'Keeffe, A Private Friendship: Walking the Sun Prairie Land. v.1. Georgia O'Keeffe, A Private Friendship: Walking the Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch Land. v.2 Santa Fe, NM: Sunstone Press, 2007-2009. Chavez Library 759.13 R2736
Finding Aid of the Georgia O'Keeffe Research Collection, 1877-2011
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090