Laurie Lisle research material on Georgia O'Keeffe and Louise Nevelson, 1903-1989

Lisle, Laurie
Art historian, Author
Active in Sharon, Conn.

Collection size: 2.0 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Research material on Georgia O'Keeffe includes photocopied letters and documents gathered from various repositories and individuals, and interviews conducted by Lisle compiled in preparation of her biography PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST: A BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGIA O'KEEFFE (Seaview Books, 1980). The Nevelson material includes audio taped interviews of Nevelson and others conducted by Lisle in preparation of her biography, LOUISE NEVELSON, A PASSIONATE LIFE (Simon & Schuster, 1990).

O'KEEFFE MATERIAL: Biographical material; legal proceedings, O'Keeffe v. Bry, 1978 and O'Keeffe v. Snyder, d/b/a Princeton Gallery of Fine Art, 1979, and estate papers; a letter from Arthur Wesley Dow enclosing a recommendation for O'Keeffe, 1915; letters from Alfred Stieglitz to "Sime" (Frank) Hermann, and one from O'Keeffe; letters from Stieglitz on O'Keeffe's behalf to Homer Saint-Gaudens and other organizers of the Carnegie International Exhibitions, 1933-1938; O'Keeffe letters to Jean Toomer, 1934, and Edward Steichen, 1957; correspondence with the College of William and Mary and the University of Wisconsin regarding honorary degrees bestowed on O'Keeffe; O'Keeffe correspondence with Daniel Catton Rich of the Downtown Gallery; letters and documents sent to Lisle from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden concerning O'Keeffe; and clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements and other printed material.

Also included are two partial transcripts of O'Keeffe interviews on ABC's Good Morning America, 1976, and CBS's Sunday Morning, 1981; and untranscribed cassettes, including seven of interviews conducted by Lisle with O'Keeffe's sister, Catherine Klenert; her English teacher, Carol Merrill; friends and acquaintances Dorothy Brett, Lila Howard, David McAlpin and Jessie Flint Williamson; art historian Meridel Rubenstein; a lecture by Arlene Raven on O'Keeffe given at Stanford University, Oct. 1977; a soundtrack to a documentary on O'Keeffe containing excerpts of O'Keeffe interviews; and an audio tour of "Ghost Ranch," O'Keeffe's home in Abique, N.M., with O'Keeffe's companion Juan Hamilton.

NEVELSON MATERIAL: 97 sound cassettes of interviews, 1975-1988, with Nevelson, Mike Nevelson and other Nevelson relatives, Edward Albee, Dore Ashton, Sally Avery, Will Barnet, Maryette Charlton, Minna Citron, Worden Day, Dorothy Dehner, Jimmy Ernst, Arnold Glimcher, Chaim Gross, Hilton Kramer, Ibram and Ernestine Lassaw, Vera List, Dorothy Miller, Alfonso Ossorio (original recording fades out after only 2 minutes and 14 seconds due to technical issues), Arnold Scassi, Peter Lipman-Wulf, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art historian; Sharon, Conn.

O'Keeffe material donated 1991 and Nevelson material in 2004 by Laurie Lisle.

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  • ALL NEVELSON RELATED INTERVIEWS: Authorization to publish or quote must be obtained from: Laurie Lisle, P.O. Box 1067, Sharon, CT 06069. Phone: 860-364-0806 or 914-591-4158 (phone numbers are also fax numbers).
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