This collection is arranged as 7 series. Series 1: Interviews and Lectures (Boxes 1-5; 4.2 linear feet) Series 2: Writings (Boxes 5-7, 16, OV 17; 3.7 linear feet) Series 3: Project Files (Boxes 8-10, 16; 1.6 linear feet) Series 4: Personal Business Records (Boxes 10-11, OV 17-19; 1.1 linear feet) Series 5: Printed Materials (Boxes 11-12, 16, OV 17-19; 1.8 linear feet) Series 6: Photographs (Boxes 12-14, 16; 2.2 linear feet) Series 7: Sound and Video Recordings (Box 15; 0.4 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The papers of Jan Butterfield measure 15 linear feet and date from circa 1950 to 1997. Papers contain hundreds of recorded interviews with and lectures by artists, panel discussions of artists and art historians, as well as extensive writings by Butterfield. Also found are project files, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and additional sound and video recordings related to art subjects.
Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection and materials lent for microfilming are available on 35mm microfilm reels 2797 and 1042 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Some of the sound recordings in this collection were digitized during processing and are available for research access at the Archives of American Art offices.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources "Hidden Collections" grant program.
Also found among the collections of the Archives of American Art is a 1981 panel discussion on Bay area art criticism sponsored by the National Women's Caucus for Art, in which Butterfield participated, as well as an oral history interview Butterfield conducted with Helen Lundeberg for the Archives' Oral History Program in 1980. The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming on reel 1042 including two volumes of scrapbooks. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Jan Butterfield (1937-2000) was an art writer and critic of contemporary art who spent most of her career in California. She is best known for her writings on late twentieth century installation and craft artists, particularly those who worked in California and the American West.
The collection is in English.
Jan Butterfield lent material in 1975 for microfilming. She donated the Robert Irwin material in 1980 of and most of the interviews and audio tapes in 1989. An additional 12 feet of papers, including some material previously loaned and microfilmed, along with two additional audio tapes, were donated by Butterfield's brother, and Trustee of the Jan Butterfield Trust, Derek Van Alstine in 2002.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001