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About Collections Online

Dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe, her life, and Modernism, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is the largest repository of O'Keeffe's artwork, personal effects, and related archives including correspondence, ephemera, and photographs, as well as two historic homes, and other accumulated resources that provide rich context for understanding the artist's art, life, and times.

Cataloging and publishing of the collections are ongoing tasks and, therefore, not every work managed by the O'Keeffe Museum is represented in the Collections Online. The Museum will continuously add objects, archival collections, and information as available.

Browsing the Collections Online

Collections Online can be browsed by the following collection areas:

Art includes objects in the Museum's collection created by Georgia O'Keeffe as well as others in her circle; photographers of O'Keeffe and her surrounding landscapes; and contemporary artists illustrating a legacy of creativity in conversation with Georgia O'Keeffe's life and work.

Archive includes a selection of objects from the Museum's extensive archive collections containing correspondence, photographs and ephemera relating to the artist. To view a wider scope of materials including the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Institutional Archives and manuscript collections, visit the Archive Finding Aids Database.

Artist's Belongings includes items from Georgia O'Keeffe's two historic homes in northern New Mexico where the artist lived and worked for more than forty years. These belongings include furnishings, clothing, everyday objects, art materials, source materials for artworks such as bones and rocks, and books from her personal library.

People and Organizations includes artists, designers, makers, manufacturers, correspondents, and authors associated with items in the Collections Online as well as galleries and museums that hosted exhibitions of Georgia O'Keeffe's art.

Searching the Collections

The search bar in the navigation facilitates discovering objects across all the Collections Online areas described above using keywords or phrases. Search looks at the following fields in order by priority: title, artist/maker, description, transcript, exhibition, inscription, other associated people roles.

To be more specific than searching by keyword, phrases may be entered. Phrases entered between quotation marks (i.e. "black place") ensure an exact phrase search. Phrases entered without quotes are treated like individual keywords.

Search results are divided using tabs named Objects and People. Objects includes any results that are items found in the collections, People returns a list of people or organization results.

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Linking O'Keeffe: Collections Online as Linked Open Data

A primary objective of the Museum's digital strategy is to establish an infrastructure that allows for meaningful connections to be expressed across different types of collections (artworks, archival items, books, etc.) to establish a more complete understanding of Georgia O'Keeffe's life, work, and contexts. This infrastructure also endeavors to establish these links to artwork and archives held by other institutions across the globe.

Taking these objectives into consideration, the data in the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's Collections Online is underpinned by the principles of linked open data. Initially supported by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, the Collections Online data are modeled as semantic machine-readable relationships, using the emergent CIDOC-CRM based Linked Art target model, which has also been used in the American Art Collaborative's Linked Open Data project. Where possible the data use standard vocabularies, such as the Art Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN), the Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF), and Wikidata, to provide connections between across the semantic web.

Access to the Linked Data is available in several places within the online collections. Options will be added as the Museum learns more about user needs.

  • View as JSON-LD

    All object and people detail pages include a link below the basic information to View as JSON-LD or the option to download the JSON-LD file. JSON-LD stands for JavaScript Object Notation for Linked Data and is a method of encoding Linked Data as JSON in an effort to make it easier for software developers to use.

  • Authorities on People / Organization Pages

    Person and Organization detail pages include an authority ID to definitively link that record to a specific entity. A hierarchy is enforced in the Museum to determine which authority is used. If the person or organization is listed in the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) then this is used. If the name is not in ULAN, then the Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF) is used. If neither ULAN nor LCNAF have matching names, Wikidata may be used. There remain cases in the Museum's people and organization data for which only local authorities exist. Biographies are pulled from Wikipedia by crosslinking ULAN or LCNAF with Wikidata.

View the Collections Online Reference Guide

Explore the Collections Online as linked open data documentation by visiting the Museum Linked Data Browser: The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Collection.

Rights and Licensing

Except where otherwise noted, the text metadata in the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum collections online are released as Creative Commons Zero (CC0 1.0) without restrictions. Many images and media in the collection are under copyright as noted in individual records or at the archive collection level. Read more about image licensing on the Museum's website.