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Papers from the Ghost Ranch Library

Papers from the Ghost Ranch Library

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Papers from the Ghost Ranch Library, 1892-1992, undated

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, 87501
505-946-1000

September 2015



Collection Overview

Repository: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Title: Papers from the Ghost Ranch Library
Dates: 1892-1992, undated (inclusive)
Quantity: 3.42 Linear feet
Abstract:Collection primarily includes materials originally used as page markers in Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch Library. The bulk of the items are correspondence, notes, ephemera, and clippings dating from 1892 to 1992.
Identification: MS.031
Language: Materials and finding aid primarily written in English.


Scope and Content Note

Between 1947 and 1948, Georgia O'Keeffe shipped several boxes of books to New Mexico from her and her late husband's, Alfred Stieglitz, collections at their New York apartment and the Lake George house. This was the beginning of O'Keeffe's personal book collection in New Mexico. O'Keeffe grew her collection by purchasing and seeking out books on particular subjects; others she received as gifts from friends, admirers of her work, authors, and museums, which is documented through her habit of storing accompanying gift cards and correspondence within the books. Publications cover a wide range of topics such as art history, art techniques, health, world history, travel, dogs, gardening, and cooking.

During O'Keeffe's lifetime, the books traveled back and forth between her two New Mexico homes, Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu. The books from Ghost Ranch were donated to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum by Juan and Anna Marie Hamilton in 2000 and are now referred to as the Ghost Ranch Library. Publications from the Ghost Ranch Library are held at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's Michael S. Engl Family Foundation Research Center Library and are searchable in the library catalog. Most of the items in this archival collection were housed within the books and periodicals and were used as page markers within the Ghost Ranch Library books. Material includes but is not limited to correspondence, notes, ephemera, and clippings dating from 1892 to 1992.

In order to document the original location within the books, the materials in this collection were processed at the item level and all items have an accession number, which starts with 2000-06- and is noted in the finding aid. The original book location has been noted in the archives database by title and Library of Congress Control Number. Similarly, the archival material has been noted in the catalog record for the book.

The library and archival materials in the Abiquiu house were later transferred to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum from The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation in 2006. The collection is known as the Abiquiu Bookroom and is currently being cataloged.


Arrangement of Collection

Arrangement is artificial based upon similar series existing in related Georgia O'Keeffe collections of papers. Series include:

Series 1, Correspondence

Series 2, Enclosure and Visiting Cards

Series 3, Notes and Writings

Series 4, Subject Files

Series 5, Clippings

Series 6, Page Markers

Series 7, Photographic Material

Series 8, Enclosures

Series are arranged chronologically within, except for the Correspondence series, which is arranged alphabetically.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Papers from the Ghost Ranch Library, 1892-1992, undated. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in 2000 by Juan and Anna Marie Hamilton.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Fran Martone and Tori Duggan, and completed by Elizabeth Ehrnst in 2015.


Restrictions

Legal Status note

This collection is the physical property of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. 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 Archivist for further copyright and publication information as it pertains to this collection.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public for research purposes.

Copy and Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies of materials may be made for research purposes only.


Access Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Ephemera
Hamilton, Anna Marie
Hamilton, Juan, b. 1945
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986
Photographs
Research (function)
Travel


Related Material

The materials in this collection were originally housed with the publications that are known as Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch Library. Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch Library is part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Michael S. Engl Family Foundation Research Center Library Special Collections, and can be searched through the library catalog.


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