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Rebecca Salsbury James Collection

Identifier: ms07

Scope and Content

The material in this collection contains essays, catalogs and black and white photographs of paintings on glass.


  • 1935-1955

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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.

Biography or History

Rebecca Salsbury James achieved widespread recognition as an artist who painted mostly on glass, and for her "colcha" embroidery work. Her private life brought her into contact with many notables who affected - in some respects shaped - her artistic efforts.

During her early years, she met and fell in love with Paul Strand, a renowned photographer, whom she eventually married and who in turn introduced her to Alfred Stieglitz. Through the latter she met Georgia O'Keeffe.

The threesome developed an intimate relationship, so much so that in time Stieglitz began taking nude photographs of Rebecca and Georgia at his home at Lake George.

Her marriage to Paul Strand fell apart in 1930 - she was then 39 years old - when she met Taos rancher and banker Bill James. They married seven years later.

Through all the years of her middle life, her painting efforts, evidently influenced by O'Keeffe, led her to focus on works on glass. She also discovered a folk art form, colcha embroidery, using a special stitch that had been introduced to New Mexico during the Spanish colonial period. Her artistry in that field paralleled her work on glass.


2 oversize boxes


This collection contains essays and exhibition catalogs of works by Rebecca Salsbury James at the Museum of Fine Arts and Martha Jackson Gallery. This collection also contains black and white photographs that depict paintings on glass by the artist. All material in this Collection is to be found in Oversize Boxes (O.B.) 22 and 23.

Related Archival Material


Separated Material

All collection materials stored in the Library and Archives at the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM.


Contact Information

  1. Museum of Fine Arts
  2. P.O. Box 2087
  3. Santa Fe, NM 87504
  4. Phone: 505-476-5061
  5. Fax: 505-476-5076
  6. URL:


Inventory of Rebecca Salsbury James Collection, 1935-1955
Processed by Arnold Stream
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico Museum of Art Repository

107 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe NM 87501 USA