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Celestine Barby collection of Bruce Goff architectural papers

Identifier: WHC-M-2790

Scope and Contents

Collector. Correspondence, architectural drawings, textile samples, photographs, and financial records (1963-1991) related to three homes architect Bruce Goff designed for Celestine Barby. The residences were built in Beaver, Oklahoma, and Tucson, Arizona; a third home in Golden, Colorado, was not built. The collection also includes published materials about Goff, and issues (1983-1988) of Friends of Kebyar.


  • 1963 - 1991


Restrictions on Access

Open for public research. This collection is located at the Library Service Center. Request via Sooner Xpress to view at the Western History Collections.

Biographical Note

Celestine Barby (1903-2003) was born in Cordell, Oklahoma, and was raised by her grandmother and uncles on a farm near Balko, Oklahoma. In 1931 she married widower Lloyd J. Barby. They lived and worked at the Barby Ranch in the Oklahoma panhandle area for the duration of their marriage. After Lloyd’s death in 1955, Celestine became interested in art. She took art classes and traveled throughout the United States and Europe. In 1964 she had a home built for her by Bruce Goff in Beaver, Oklahoma, and lived there for ten years. In 1974 she commissioned Bruce Goff to build another home for her in Tucson, Arizona, where she lived for another decade. She then moved to Golden, Colorado, to be near her daughter. Bruce Goff designed a third home for her there, but it was not built. After several years in Colorado she returned to Oklahoma, and died in Woodward in 2003.


1.53 Cubic Feet (1.53 (cubic ft.))

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Repository Details

Part of the Western History Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 300
Norman Oklahoma 73019 United States