Mattie Lou O'Kelley collection

Mattie Lou O'Kelley collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: O'Kelley, Mattie Lou
Title: Mattie Lou O'Kelley collection
Dates: 1984-1987
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms3285

Biographical/Historical Note

Mattie Lou O'Kelley (1908-1997) was a folk artist born in Maysville, Georgia. She was the daughter of Augustus Franklin O'Kelley and Mary Bell Cox O'Kelley. A self-taught artist, Mattie Lou O'Kelley was almost 60 before she began painting full time. The first display of her work was at the High Museum gift shop in Atlanta in 1975. The following year she was selected as a recipient of the Governor's Award in the Arts for the state of Georgia. Most of her paintings are based upon her childhood on the family farm.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, a printed brochure, and porcelain plates. The correspondence is from O'Kelley to her friend Stephanie Tardell. The color brochure advertises the sale of twelve porcelain collector plates, two of which are in the collection - "Summer Rain" and "Cleaning Off the Cemetery."


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Folk art--Georgia.
Folk art.
Folk artists--Georgia.
O'Kelley, Mattie Lou -- Correspondence
Plates (dishes).
Souvenir plates--Specimens.
Tardell, Stephanie -- Correspondence
Women painters--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mattie Lou O'Kelley collection. MS 3285. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

2Printed Material
3Porcelain plate- Cleaning off the Cemetery
4Porcelain plate- Summer rain