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Finding Aid to the Anne d'Harnoncourt Records, 1994-2007, undated

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, 87501

April 2012

Collection Overview

Repository: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Title: Anne d'Harnoncourt Records
Dates: Inclusive dates 1994-2007, undated
Quantity: 1.67 Linear feet
Abstract:The Anne d'Harnoncourt Records relate to the period that Anne d'Harnoncourt worked with The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation, serving as a consultant (1994-1999) and on the Board of Directors (2000-2006). Documentation consists primarily of correspondence, notes, meeting minutes and preparatory materials, press clippings, and ephemera.
Identification: MS.20
Language: Materials and finding aid are written in English.

Biographical and Historical Note: The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation

The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation (GOKF) was established in 1989 to preserve the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986). The foundation's defined term limit was twenty years from the receipt of O'Keeffe's assets, or 2006. Its purpose included the distribution of O'Keeffe artwork and Stieglitz photographs; preservation and preparation of O'Keeffe's home and studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico, to transition from a private residence to an historic site/museum; and the management of O'Keeffe's reproduction and exhibition guidelines.

The foundation's Board of Directors consisted of five members, three of whom, as co-representatives of the artist's estate, were permanent appointments: O'Keeffe's grand-nephew Raymond R. Krueger, her niece June O'Keeffe Sebring, and her assistant Juan Hamilton. Elected directors were as follows: Richard R. Brettell and Charles C. Eldredge (1989-1995); Vincent A. Carrozza and Bill Katz (1996-1999); and Anne d'Harnoncourt and Earl A. Powell III (2000-2006). The foundation's first president was Santa Fe attorney Robert P. Worcester (1989-1990) and was followed by Elizabeth Glassman (1990-1998). Worcester was reappointed as president of the foundation in 1999. In 1999, Agapita Judy Lopez was made director of the foundation and she held this position until 2006. Lopez had originally worked for O'Keeffe during the last ten years of the artist's life, and was also employed by her estate. Lopez served as foundation secretary/treasurer from 1989-1996, and as assistant director from 1996-1999.

The foundation began distributing the art remaining in O'Keeffe's estate by placing works within museums with which O'Keeffe already had had long-standing relationships: the Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Museum; Cleveland Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery of Art; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1992, the foundation began distributing works to a wider range of museums, galleries, and historical societies, including the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. In addition to working with museums to distribute O'Keeffe's work, the foundation coordinated with museums on the exhibitions related to O'Keeffe's and her work. The foundation assisted with the organization of several temporary and traveling exhibitions, and routinely loaned works from the foundation's collection to national and international venues.

In fulfilling its mission to preserve and maintain O'Keeffe's Abiquiu home, the foundation implemented a Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) in 1996, had the property designated as a National Historic Landmark and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, and began limited tours of the house and garden. Other projects undertaken by the foundation include coordinating conservation surveys of O'Keeffe works and Stieglitz photographs, an oral history project that included interviews with O'Keeffe's relatives, colleagues, friends, and employees, and the creation of the Georgia O'Keeffe commemorative postage stamp issued by the United States Postal Service in 1996. A major project of the foundation was the completion of the two-volume Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné, which was authored by Barbara Buhler Lynes and published in 1999 with the National Gallery of Art and Yale University Press.

In 2006, the foundation transferred its remaining assets to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, including the remainder of O'Keeffe's artwork, the Abiquiu home and studio along with its contents, her book collection, and limited research papers and archival materials. In 2009, the foundation transferred its records to Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which now make up the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation Records (YCAL MSS 342).

Biographical and Historical Note: Anne d'Harnoncourt

Anne Julie d'Harnoncourt (1943-2008) was the child of Rene and Sarah Carr d'Harnoncourt. Her father, was a distinguished scholar of Latin American and Native American arts and culture, and served as the Museum of Modern Art's Director from 1949 to 1968.

Ms. d'Harnoncourt studied history and literature at Radcliffe College where she was named an honorary Ann Radcliffe Scholar in 1961, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1964, and graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize in 1965. In 1967, d'Harnoncourt first joined the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) as a curatorial assistant in the Painting and Sculpture Department. In the next two years she proved herself as a leading art historian and became an expert on the work of Marcel Duchamp.

In 1969, d'Harnoncourt became an assistant curator of 20th-century art at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), where she met her lifetime partner, Joseph J. Rishel, an assistant curator of European painting at AIC. The couple married in New York on June 19, 1971. Later in 1971, d'Harnoncourt returned to the PMA as Associate Curator of 20th-century Painting, becoming a full curator in 1972. Rishel also joined the PMA in 1971, as Associate Curator of Painting before 1900, and is now the Museum's Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Painting before 1900, and the Senior Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection and the Rodin Museum.

During the decade long period that d'Harnoncourt served as the PMA's Curator of 20th-century Painting she organized and co-organized a number of significant exhibitions, installed permanent galleries devoted to 20th-century art, and played an important role in helping the Museum build their contemporary collection by securing works by artist such as Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, and Frank Stella.

D'Harnoncourt served as Director of the PMA from 1982 to 2008, and as both Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum from 1997 to 2008.

As a widely respected art historian and museum professional, d'Harnoncourt received more than 35 awards and six honorary degrees, and cultural institutions across the country sought her advice. She served on dozens of boards or committees, participated in numerous advisory, selection, nominating or review panels, and was an elected member to many other organizations. D'Harnoncourt served as a collection consultant to The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation and served on their Board of Directors from 2000 to 2006.

Recovering from minor surgery on June 1, 2008, d'Harnoncourt died unexpectedly that night at home from cardiac arrest. She was 64 years old.

Referenced: "Anne d'Harnoncourt Papers." Historical note, 2011. Finding aid at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives.

Scope and Contents Note

As a widely respected art historian and museum professional, Anne d'Harnoncourt served on numerous boards or committees across the country. D'Harnoncourt served as a collection consultant to the GOKF and served on their Board of Directors from 2000 to 2006.

The Anne d'Harnoncourt Records correspond to the period that d'Harnoncourt served as a collection consultant to the GOKF and on the Board of Directors. The materials primarily document the actions and decisions of the foundation's board of directors and date from 1994 to 2007. The records consist of correspondence, notes, administrative papers, board of directors' minutes, clippings and a screenplay. The records do not contain the correspondence or papers of Georgia O'Keeffe or GOKF financial information such as reports, budgets, and invoices.

Restrictions apply.

Arrangement of Collection

The records are arranged into the series listed below. Within the series materials are arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation Board of Directors, General

Series 2: Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation Board of Directors, Meetings

Series 3: Georgia O'Keeffe Screenplay

Series 4: Clippings

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Anne d'Harnoncourt Records, 1994-2007, undated. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Research Center Archives.

Acquisition Information

The materials were offered to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in December 2010, during the time that Ms. d'Harnoncourt's institutional records and personal papers were being processed. The materials were transferred to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in early 2011.

Processing Information

Initial processing was completed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art archives staff and the bulk of the records remain in the order in which they were received by the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Elizabeth Ehrnst completed processing in April 2012.

Throughout this finding aid and within folder titles, the abbreviation "GOKF" refers to The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation and "AdH" refers to Anne d'Harnoncourt.

For purposes of preservation, photocopies were made during processing to replace post-it notes. Photocopies were made on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and copies were folded around or clipped to the document on which the note was affixed. Clippings from newspapers and other publications are identified as "clippings".

Documents removed and discarded include checks (photocopies), financial information (reports, budgets, and invoices), and duplicate drafts.


Access Restrictions

Series 1, Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation Board of Directors General files, are restricted until March 4, 2019.

Series 2, Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation Board of Directors Meeting files, are restricted until March 4, 2019.

Series 3, Georgia O'Keeffe Screenplay, open for research.

Series 4, Clippings, open for research.

Access restrictions are consistent with the wishes of The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation and the restrictions for the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation Records Board of Directors Files housed at the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Restrictions for Anne d'Harnoncourt's institutional records held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art have also been considered.

Ownership and Rights

The collection is the physical property of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply. Contact the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center Archivist for further copyright and publication information as it pertains to this collection.

Copy and Reproduction Restrictions

Restrictions apply. Please consult the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center Archivist.

Access Terms

D'Harnoncourt, Anne, 1943-2008
Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation.

Related Material

Anne d'Harnoncourt Papers, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives.

Anne d'Harnoncourt Records, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives.

Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation Records. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

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