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Following Stieglitz’s death in 1946, O’Keeffe offered the museum a group of 23 original mounted and matted prints to supplement the ten already part of the collection. Protective of her husband’s work and the medium of photography as an art form, she wanted the prints to be unaltered and carefully managed. A cordial, but lengthy, correspondence seemed to assure the gift. However, the negotiation broke down after 1952, ostensibly because O’Keeffe’s conditions were too stringent. Other factors may have interfered including the board’s ongoing reluctance to acquire contemporary works of art, Milliken’s forced retirement, and the museum’s focus on constructing a much-needed addition. Since then, the museum has added an additional five Stieglitz prints to the collection. Georgia O’Keefe bequeathed five paintings to CMA following her death in 1986.