Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997

Butterfield, Jan, b. 1937 d. 2000
Art critic, Author
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Collection size: 15 linear feet

Collection Summary: 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.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jan Butterfield (1937-2000) was an author and art critic from San Francisco, Calif.

Jan Butterfield donated the Robert Irwin material in 1980. Most of the interviews and audio tapes were donated in 1989. An additional 12 feet of papers, including materials previously loaned and microfilmed, and two additional audio tapes,were donated by Butterfield's brother, and Trustee of the Jan Butterfield Trust, Derek Van Alstine in 2002.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections grant program.

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Related Materials

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.