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Processing the Georgia O’Keeffe Papers: A Dive Into the Museum’s Archives

January 9, 2024

Hear from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Archivist Hannah Yetwin for a look into the Georgia O’Keeffe Papers—an extensive collection recently fully archived and made available to the public. Yetwin will discuss her work in the Library and Archive, as well as the publication of the Georgia O’Keeffe Papers Finding Aid, and other materials housed in the collection.  

Georgia O’Keeffe’s legacy was always on her mind. Prior to her death in 1986, O’Keeffe assigned locations where her works would be gifted and spoke about the eventual creation of a foundation and museum. In 1989, the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation was established to expand and perpetuate O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy. Its mission included the documentation of O’Keeffe’s work, the distribution of her assets (which included more than one thousand paintings, drawings, and photographs), and transitioning her Abiquiú home and studio from a private residence to a historic house museum. 

In 2001, four years after the creation of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, the Michael S. Engl Family Foundation Library and Archive opened to the public. The Library and Archive collects and preserves documents by and about Georgia O’Keeffe to organize, preserve, and share these materials with a wider audience. This ongoing effort ensures that researchers can continue to enrich the scholarship that surrounds O’Keeffe’s life, work, and legacy.

This talk was recorded as part of our free ‘Mornings With O’Keeffe’ lecture series on the first Wednesday of every month.

About the Speaker:

Hannah Yetwin joined the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in June 2023 as the Archivist, where she is responsible for accessioning, preserving, describing, and creating access to archival collections and institutional records. She works collaboratively with the Research Center staff to provide archival materials for research and scholarship, as well as Collections staff to prepare archival material for exhibition, cataloging, and rights research. Previously, she has worked in the archives at the Institute of American Indian Art, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ, The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX, and the Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School among others. Hannah received a master’s in library and information science from Simmons University with a focus on archives management, a BA in psychology and sociology from SUNY New Paltz, and studied studio and fine art at Green Mountain College.