O'Keeffe's Canyon & Campus Life
While Georgia O'Keeffe lived in Canyon, Texas from 1916 to 1918, she took her meals at the home of Mary E. Hudspeth. Hudspeth was a West Texas State Normal College professor of Spanish and later the first dean of women in 1917.
The home is now the Hudspeth House Bed and Breakfast. The present-day dining room may be the same room where O'Keeffe once ate.
Courtesy of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.
The art classroom at West Texas State Normal College was decorated with photographs of textiles, Greek pottery, and Persian plates. Georgia O'Keeffe sent a friend ten dollars to purchase them in New York City.
Her classroom was numbered as room 206 in what was then the only building on campus. The room was on the north side of the corridor on what is now designated the third floor of "Old Main." It was the fourth consecutive room from the west end of the corridor.
O’Keeffe and all faculty had individual photographs in the 1917 yearbook Le Mirage.
Chapel attendance was required for faculty and students. Services were held in the auditorium of the Administration Building which is now called Old Main. Georgia O’Keeffe is the fifth person from the left. Photo from 1917 Le Mirage.
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
Courtesy of the Amarillo Public Library.
PPHM as it appeared when it opened to the public in 1933. O'Keeffe returned to Canyon in November, 1935 and visited the museum. Our thanks to Amarillo Public Library for permission to use this photograph.
Art and Industry in Education, 1912
Art and Industry in Education: A Book Illustrative of the Principles and Problems of the Courses in Fine and Industrial Arts at Teachers College. Columbia University. (signed).
O'Keeffe's personal copy of the textbook she used at Columbia University in New York is in the Cornette Library Special Collections Unit. The two volumes, 1912 and 1913, are contained in one book. Her signature is on an inside page separating the volumes.
- Available Online:
- A PDF version of the entire book is available for free from the Internet Archive.
- Available in the Library
- NK 410 .N48 C64 1912