An open folder with typed details about dimensions and exhibition history of O’Keeffe’s painting ‘Pattern of Leaves,’ 1923 on the left and black and white photographs of the painting in plastic folders on the right.



The Abiquiú Notebooks

October 10, 2023

To celebrate American Archives Month 2023, which occurs every October, we are featuring aspects of the newly processed collections from the Michael S. Engl Family Foundation Library and Archive. This year, we are spotlighting the Georgia O’Keeffe Papers, to celebrate the completion of processing the collections and the publication of the finding aid after many years and several archivists!

The Abiquiú Notebooks are documentation of how Georgia O’Keeffe herself was an archivist. These notebooks are a comprehensive index of O’Keeffe’s works, with reference photographs dated from 1914 through 1970, and sorted by date, location, and subject.

Originally compiled by Doris Bry in the 1950s, the Abiquiú Notebooks are O’Keeffe’s own records of her artwork. The notebooks document titles, dimensions, owners, exhibition histories, and more in the form of individual factsheets for each work. The notes often include reference photographs to clearly identify paintings.

Additional business papers in the Abiquiú Notebooks include exhibition records, especially ephemera and checklists, as well as papers from O’Keeffe’s time working with Edith Halpert and the Downtown Gallery, such as receipts, correspondence, and lists. The notebooks also include the Alfred Stieglitz estate distribution, which took O’Keeffe three years to settle.

These photos are examples of O’Keeffe’s works by creation date and accompanying exhibition history in the Abiquiú Notebooks:

Maple and Cedar, Lake George 1923
Pattern of Leaves, 1923
Pink Moon and Blue Lines, 1923

The Michael S. Engl Family Foundation Library and Archive serves the public by collecting, providing access to, and preserving information about Georgia O’Keeffe and her contemporaries, related regional histories, and Modernism. The Research Collections and Services team is available to answer questions, share resources, and help with your research projects; you can contact the Library & Archive here.