Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Collections Online BETA

About the Online Collections

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 important oral histories, correspondence, ephemera, and photographs, as well as a fine art collection of her work, two historic homes, and other accumulated resources that provide rich context for understanding her 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, as defined for the O’Keeffe’s Collections Online, includes objects accessioned into the Museum’s fine art collection, which includes oil paintings, watercolors, sketches, and multiple casts of three different sculpture designs. Subjects range from the artist’s iconic flowers and bleached desert skulls to nudes, landscapes, cityscapes, still lifes, and abstractions, dating from 1901 to 1984. In addition to artwork by Georgia O’Keeffe, the Collections Online also includes works by other artists from the Museum’s collection including those in O’Keeffe’s 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.

Artist Materials includes paintbrushes, paints, and other art making tools as well as canvases and supports, all owned or used by Georgia O’Keeffe. Preserved by the artist, these items provide clues into O’Keeffe’s artistic process through hundreds of her paintbrushes specifically trimmed to accommodate her distinct style and an array of her easels, paints, pastels, and charcoal.

Archives includes a selection of objects from the Museum’s extensive archival collections, which contains letters to and from Georgia O’Keeffe, such as those written by Georgia O’Keeffe and addressed to Alfred Stieglitz. Archives also contains photographs and ephemera found in the artist’s personal library. This section of the Collections Online will grow as archival collections are processed and digitized

Books includes titles held by Georgia O’Keeffe in her own personal libraries. These books show the breadth of the artist’s interests and help to understand her relationships with authors and others who would gift books with inscriptions. Ephemera found in the books (i.e. cards, letters, advertisements) are in the archives collections with links to the corresponding books.

Homes and Artist Possessions includes clothing owned by Georgia O’Keeffe, household furnishings, and appliances. The Museum’s collection includes two homes in northern New Mexico where the artist lived and worked for more than forty years along with the artist’s modernist furnishings and other contents reflecting her day-to-day life. The homes also include source materials for artworks such as rocks and bones, which O’Keeffe used to decorate her homes, as well as much of the personal property that remained with the artist at the end of her life.

People and Organizations allows for browsing through the artists, designers, makers, manufacturers, correspondents, and authors associated with items in the collections. People and Organizations also includes galleries and museums that hosted exhibitions of O’Keeffe’s artwork. Looking at the detail page for a person or organization shows the relationships to items in the collection

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.

View the Collections Online Reference Guide

To learn more about how to use the Collections Online at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, view the Collections Online: Reference Guide.

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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.

  • A full data set is accessible for download from the O’Keeffe Museum’s GitHub page.

Visit the O’Keeffe Museum’s GitHub for more detailed information about using the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Linked Open Data.

Rights and Licensing

Except where otherwise noted, the text data 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 archival collection level. Read more about image licensing on the Museum’s website.