Epistolary Travelers: Natural Encapsulations in The Stieglitz and O’Keeffe Archive

April 4, 2021
Letters from Stieglitz to O’Keeffe, dated June 15-30, 1943. From the Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O’Keeffe Archive. Call number: YCAL MSS 85 

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Painter Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz exchanged thousands of pieces of paper between 1915-1946. Married in 1924, the pair initially exchanged love letters, yet later correspondence documents the ebb and flow of their romantic life. In several letter exchanges, O’Keeffe and Stieglitz include other encapsulationspressed flowers, ribbons, feathers, and photographs. This micro-exhibition explores the animacies given to these “epistolary travelers” and the fantasies of travel, feelings of desire, and love of place embodied by them.


Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O’Keeffe Archive

Alfred Stieglitz Autochromes

Mable Dodge Luhan Papers

Additional Resources 

My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz: Volume One, 1915-1933 (2011), Edited by Sarah Greenough

 Georgia O’Keeffe (1976)An Autobiography by Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, “Stories from the O’Keeffe”

View the micro-exhibit here. 

Link to micro-exhibit: https://sway.office.com/NwXa1yRwq156eKM0?ref=Link

Curated by Claire Barnes, Yale Divinity School