Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997

A Finding Aid to the Jan Butterfield Papers, 1950-1997, in the Archives of American Art, by Megan McShea

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Biographical Information

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.

Butterfield was born Jan Van Alstine in Los Angeles, California in 1937 and attended the Univeristy of California, Los Angeles. She received numerous fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as an art critic, and contributed art writing to dozens of exhibition catalogs and art publications including Art International, Images and Issues, Art News, Art in America, and Flash Art. Her most ambitious work of writing was The Art of Light and Space (Abbeville Press: 1993), which profiles the work of contemporary artists Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Maria Nordman, Douglas Wheeler, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, Susan Kaiser Vogel, and Hap Tivey. She was also the author of a 1972 monograph of the Abstract Expressionist painter Sam Francis.

Butterfield held positions in public relations at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from its opening until 1970, and at the Fort Worth Art Museum from 1970 to 1974. She taught at Northwood Experimental Art Institute in Dallas, Texas, the San Francisco Art Institute, San Jose State University, and Mills College in Oakland, California between 1973 and 1983. At the San Francisco Art Institute, she was Director of the extension program and Coordinator of the visiting artist program and the Waterfront Project between 1976 and 1978. In 1984, Butterfield and the artist Sam Francis co-founded the Lapis Press, where she served as Executive Director from its founding until 1988.

Butterfield was married twice, the second time to Henry Hopkins, Museum Director at LACMA, the Museum of Fine Art of Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She died in 2000 after an extended illness.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

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.

Interviews and Lectures include hundreds of interviews conducted by Butterfield between 1971 and 1987 with contemporary artists about whom she was writing at the time. The artists Robert Irwin and Sam Francis are represented particularly well. Also found are slide talks, class discussions, and lectures given by artists, which are assumed to have been recorded by Butterfield in most cases. Also among the recordings are recorded performances by John Cage, Joe Goode, Newton and Helen Harrison, Jim Roche, and George Greene. Panel discussions include two notable recordings involving Milton Resnick, one with the painter Edward Dugmore in 1959, and the other with the painter Ad Reinhardt at The Club in 1961, which was later dubbed "The Attack."

The bulk of the writings relate to Butterfield's published work The Art of Light and Space, represented here in multiple drafts, research, and photographs of works of art by the artists discussed in the work including Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Maria Nordman, Douglas Wheeler, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, Susan Kaiser Vogel, and Hap Tivey. Also found are extensive drafts and research for catalog essays for exhibitions of Larry Bell, Richard Shaw, Robert Hudson, and Elmer Bischoff. Drafts of articles and publicity writing are mainly about artists but also some galleries and other art events. There are a few transcripts of recorded interviews, and it appears that many of the writings are based on Butterfield's interviews.

Project files include records relating to Butterfield's involvement with the production of a catalog for the corporate art collection of Pacific Enterprises. These also include additional artist interviews and artist files containing research and writing, mainly by her associate Michael Karp. Also found are photographs and sound recordings for the Waterfront Project at the San Francisco Art Institute, an interdisciplinary community-centered development project that involved Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Melinda Wortz, Eric Orr, Dr. E. Wortz, Frank Gehry, Newton and Helen Harrison, Josh Young, and students at the Art Institute. And finally, project files include photographs, interviews, and printed material related to publications of Lapis Press, where Butterfield was Executive Director.

Personal business records include correspondence, price lists, financial records, notes, press releases, and career documentation of Butterfield. Printed materials include articles by Butterfield, articles about Butterfield, and articles by Henry Hopkins, most of which are photocopies. There are also clippings, exhibition catalogs, exhibition posters, and publicity. Of note is a disassembled scrapbook pertaining to the controversial Ed Kienholz exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1966, and a directory of art spaces in Los Angeles from 1978.

Most of the photographs are of works of art by artists about whom Butterfield wrote. Also found are a few files of photographs of artists, some taken by Butterfield, including Philip Guston, Ed Kienholz, Henry Hopkins with Clyfford Still, Robert Irwin, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Turrell. Additional video and sound recordings include artist installations, a documentary on Sam Francis, and an acoustiguide for an Ed Ruscha exhibition.

Arrangement and Series Description

This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following index terms:

  • Bell, Larry, 1939-
  • Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991
  • Cage, John, 1912-1992, interviewee
  • Dugmore, Edward, 1915-1996
  • Francis, Sam, 1923-1994
  • Gehry, Frank O., 1929-
  • Goode, Joe, 1937-
  • Greene, George
  • Guston, Philip, 1913-1980
  • Harrison, Helen Mayer, 1929-
  • Harrison, Newton, 1932-
  • Hopkins, Henry, 1928-2009
  • Hudson, Robert, 1938-
  • Irwin, Robert, 1928-
  • Karp, Michael
  • Kienholz, Edward,1927-
  • Lapis Press.
  • Nauman, Bruce, 1941-
  • Nordman, Maria
  • Orr, Eric, 1939-1998
  • Pacific Enterprises.
  • Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008
  • Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967
  • Resnick, Milton, 1917-2004
  • Roche, Jim
  • Ruscha, Edward
  • Shaw, Richard, 1941 Sept. 12-
  • Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980
  • Turrell, James
  • Wheeler, Douglas
  • Wortz, E., Dr.
  • Wortz, Melinda
  • Young, R. Joshua
  • Art critics--California--San Francisco
  • Art historians--California
  • Authors--California--San Francisco
  • Interviews
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sound recordings
  • Transcripts
  • Video recordings

Provenance

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.

Separated and 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.

How the Collection was Processed

Two scrapbooks found in the papers were previously loaned for microfilming in 1975 on reel 1042 with the titlle of Los Angeles County Museum of Art Scrapbooks. The scrapbooks were included in later Butterfield donations. The 1980 acquisition was also microfilmed on reel 2787. These reels are no longer in circulation and all of the filmed materials have been integrated into the larger collection. The entire collection was arranged, described, and a finding aid prepared by Megan McShea in 2012 with funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Sound recordings that were found to be blank were discarded during processing, and any recording that was found to be an incomplete duplicate of another recording found in the collection was also discarded. Reels containing a poor copy of an oral history interview with Helen Lundeberg conducted by Butterfield for the Archives of American Art's oral history program were also discarded. The original recording is found in the Archives' Oral History collection.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Available Formats

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.

How to Cite this Collection

Jan Butterfield papers, 1959-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Interviews and Lectures, 1959-1997
4.2 Linear feet; Boxes 1-5

Recordings in this series are mostly interviews of artists conducted by Butterfield between 1971 and 1987. Also found are slide talks, class discussions, and lectures given by artists, which are assumed to have been recorded by Butterfield in most cases. Artists of the United States who are associated with the Light and Space movement in sculpture are highly represented, as well as artists of the new crafts movement and contemporary West Coast artists in particular. Also among the recordings are recorded performances by John Cage, Joe Goode, Newton and Helen Harrison, Jim Roche, and George Greene.

Butterfield’s interviews were mainly conducted for specific writing projects, either for articles, reviews, published artist interviews, catalog essays, or books Butterfield was writing. Some interviews were conducted over the phone. Some recordings are editing sessions in which Butterfield consults with her subjects during the editing process for a specific article or interview to be published. Multiple, extensive interviews are found with artists Sam Francis and Robert Irwin. A few interviews conducted by others are found, including a radio interview of Henry Hopkins regarding the Clyfford Still bequest to SF Moma, interviews by Henry Hopkins of Joe Goode, Philip Guston (in a recording of a public Q&A), Walter Hopps (with Jan Butterfield), and possibly Milton Resnick, and an interview with Ursula Schneider conducted by Lorri Surrihan. A transcript is found for the interview by Henry Hopkins with Walter Hopps. Additional transcripts, usually highly edited from the recorded version, are found among the published interviews in the Writings series. Most of the lectures found in this series take place in Texas and California, including multiple lectures that took place at the Berkeley Art Museum, the Northwood Experimental Artists Institute in Dallas, Texas, and the San Francisco Art Institute. In all, the series contains 107 sound tape reels, 97 cassettes, and 1 videoreel.

Panel discussions include two notable recordings that Butterfield seems to have acquired from Milton Resnick during his solo exhibition at the Fort Worth Art Center in 1971. These include a 1959 appearance of Edward Dugmore and Milton Resnick at Southern Illinois State University, and a 1961 debate between Ad Reinhardt and Milton Resnick which later became known as “The Attack,” held at “The Club” in New York City. Also found are recordings of a 1976 conference at UCLA entitled “Space and Place” which included talks by Lloyd Hamrol, Richard Serra, Robert Irwin, and others.

Interviews, lectures, and performances are filed in alphabetical order by their subject’s name, and multiple recordings for a single subject are filed chronologically under his or her name. Recordings listed in this series are interviews conducted by Jan Butterfield unless otherwise indicated in the folder listing. Often physical tapes contained multiple recordings, and where an additional recording of a different subject is found on a single physical tape, it is noted with the main entry for that tape, and cross referenced under the additional artist’s name alphabetically in the item list. Panel discussions are arranged chronologically at the end of the series.

Additional artist interviews conducted by Michael Karp in the early 1990s are found in the Pacific Enterprises files of series 3, Project files. Additional sound recordings are also found in the Waterfront Project files of series 3, the Lapis Press files of series 3, and in series 7, sound and video recordings.

Box Item
1 1 Ansel Adams, 1976 December
1 sound tape reel
1 2 Lita Albuquerque and Richard Misrach interview with unidentified curators at California State University at Fullerton, 1988 July 10
1 Sound cassette
1 3 Richard Artschwager, circa 1975
1 Sound cassette
First 37 minutes of recording is popular music.
1 Michael Asher
1 4 1979 February 26
1 sound tape reel
1 5 1980 August 29
1 sound tape reel
1 6 1981 March
2 Sound cassettes
1 Mowry Baden
See box 5, folder 2; Panel Discussions, Space and Place, UCLA
1 Larry Bell
1 7 1975 April 25
2 sound tape reels ; Handwritten note on original box: "Iceberg"
1 8 1981 March
1 Sound cassette
1 9 Billy Al Bengston, 1976 June 26
1 sound tape reel
1 10 Fletcher Benton, 1980 May
1 sound tape reel
1 11 Joan Brown, 1975 September
1 sound tape reel
Reel also includes circa 43 minute interview with Bruce Conner, October 1974, on side 2 beginning around 46 minutes into tape; also found is a brief fragment of an interview with Paul Karlstrom.
1 Chris Burden
1 12 1974 October
1 sound tape reel ; Paper note found with original box.
1 13 1974 October
1 sound tape reel ; Handwritten notes on original: "telephone conv. re article" and "telephone proofing of tape"
1 14 Slide lecture, 1978 December 13
2 sound tape reels ; Original labels on reels indicate one side only, but reels are recorded on both sides.
Probably recorded at UCLA
1 15 Daniel Buren Lecture, "Space as Support," Berkeley, Calif., 1979 January 18
1 sound tape reel
1 16 John Cage Performance of "Empty Words" and Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, 1978 October
1 sound tape reel
Taped over an undated recording of a Waterfront Project meeting (see Series 3: Project files); a fragment of the earlier recording is found in the last minute of side 1 and all of side 2 of the reel.
1 17 Vita Celmins, 1980 February 20
1 sound tape reel
1 Judy Chicago
1 18 1978 July
1 sound tape reel
1 19 circa 1979
1 sound tape reel
1 undated
See box 2, item 13; David Hockney interview, 1978
1 20 Christo, 1971 June
1 Sound cassette
1 21 Robert Colescott, 1979 February 1
1 sound tape reel
Reel begins with a 70 minute fragment of a circa 1977 interview with Robert Irwin. Original label on reel reads "Josh Young, tape #2, side 1," but there is no recording on Josh Young on the reel.
1 Bruce Connor, 1974 October
See box 1, item 11; Joan Brown interview
1 22 Ron Cooper, 1980 December 14
1 sound tape reel
1 Leonard Cutrow
1 23 1985 October 11
1 Sound cassette ; Handwritten note on original cassette: "Life"
1 24 Interview by unidentified male interviewer, circa 1990-1992
1 Sound cassette (microcassette)
1 25 Ron Davis, circa 1976
1 sound tape reel
1 Laddie John Dill, undated
See box 4, item 18; Hap Tivey, Interdisciplinary Seminar and Interview, San Francisco Art Institute, 1977 October
1 26 John Dowell, 1979 June
1 sound tape reel ; Handwritten note on original: "Telephone conversation for article"
1 Edward Dugmore
See box 5, folder 1; Panel Discussions, The Influence of Modern Painting on Our Tradition
1 27 Tom Eatherton, 1980 December 14
1 sound tape reel
1 Sam Francis
1 28 1979 June 26
2 sound tape reels
Although reel 1 of 2 is dated Summer 1979 and reel 2 is dated 6/26/79, they are clearly from the same interview.
1 29 1979 September 9
1 sound tape reel ; Handwritten notes on original box: "Pier 46" and "Last catalogue tape / some good info - scattered through"
1 30 1979 November 29
1 sound tape reel
1 31 1979 December
1 Sound cassette ; Duplicate of sound tape reel; Handwritten note on cassette: "Also on reel-to-reel"
2 Sound cassettes ; Original
1 sound tape reel ; Original
Sequence of original recordings unclear, but appears to be cassette marked "afternoon tape" first, cassette marked "eve one" second, and reel marked "tape at house" third.
1 32 circa 1979
1 sound tape reel
Handwritten note on original reel reads "Manuel Neri - Joan Brown over discussion of later tape," but Neri and Brown are not present on the tape.
1 33 circa 1979
1 Sound cassette ; Sound quality is very poor. Handwritten note on original cassette: "Pier 46 (Garner Tullis w/ Sam)"
1 34 1980 January 18
1 Sound cassette ; Handwritten note on original cassette: "Final corrected manuscript discussion"
1 35 Flash Art interviews, 1981 November
3 Sound cassettes
Sequence of original cassettes is unclear.
1 36 Editorial review of Flash Art interview, 1981 November
1 Sound cassette
1 37 Francis and Butterfield testing stereo equipment, undated
1 Sound cassette
1 38 Helen Frankenthaler Lecture, Northwood Experimental Art Institute, Dallas, Tex., 1973 March
1 Sound cassette
1 Joe Goode
1 39 Interview conducted by Henry Hopkins, 1972 December 21
1 Sound cassette ; Tape is unlabeled.
Tape also contains poor quality recording of a group discussion with unidentified participants
Box Item
2 1 Performance and Interview, 1973 Janaury
1 Sound cassette
Contains a 13 minute performance followed by an interview with the artist.
2 2 1975 August
1 sound tape reel
2 3 1981 November
2 Sound cassettes ; Handwritten note on original cassette 1 of 2: "Arco Catalog"
2 4 Bob Graham, 1979 February 26
1 sound tape reel
2 5 George Greene, 1973
1 Sound cassette
2 Philip Guston
2 6 1979 January 6
1 sound tape reel
2 7 1980 February 13
1 sound tape reel ; Handwritten on original box: "Approval of article for Images and Issues"
2 8 Question and Answer with Henry Hopkins, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1980
1 Sound cassette
Taped for the documentary on Guston entitled "A Life Lived," during Guston's 1980 retrospective at SFMOMA.
2 Lloyd Hamrol
See box 5, folder 2, Panel Discussions, Space and Place, UCLA
2 Newton and Helen Harrison
2 9 Performance, Lecture, and Interview at San Francisco Art Institute, 1977 February 17
1 sound tape reel ; Handwritten on original box: "In 'Meditations' show SFAI / Performance and partial interview"
Interview begins approximately 10 minutes into side 2. Tape also contains a fragment of an interview with an unidentified male sculptor, circa 1975, beginning approximately 76 minutes into side 2.
2 10 1978 June 28
1 sound tape reel
2 11 George Herms, 1975 January 31
1 sound tape reel ; Handwritten on original box: "San Jose State exhib"
2 David Hockney
2 12 Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, 1978 November 3
2 sound tape reels
2 13 1978 December 5
2 sound tape reels
Also contains fragments of two earlier recordings, including an undated recording of a Waterfront Project meeting (see Series 3: Project files) on side 2 of reel 1, and an undated interview with Judy Chicago, 22 minutes into reel 2.
2 14 Henry Hopkins for the "Artscene" radio series about the Clyfford Still Exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, circa 1975
1 sound tape reel ; Additional label on original box: "from Eleanor Dickinson" with residential address
Broadcast by KPFK in Los Angeles, Calif.
2 15 Walter Hopps Interviewed by Henry Hopkins and Jan Butterfield, 1976 June 3
5 sound tape reels ; Includes transcript
Conducted in conjunction with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition, "Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era"
2 Robert Hudson
2 16 circa 1976
1 sound tape reel
2 17 1976 July
1 sound tape reel
2 Robert Irwin
2 18 Lecture and Interview, Texas Christian University, 1971 April
1 Sound cassette ; Duplicate of cassette 1 of 3
3 Sound cassettes ; Originals; cassette 1 is labeled sides A and B, cassette 2 is labeled C, and cassette 3 is labeled D; all cassettes are mis-labeled 1972. Original cassette 1 of 3 exists in the form of 2 duplicate tapes made by the creator; original recording is not in the collection.
Lecture found on cassettes 1 and 2; interview begins in the last 15 minutes of cassette 2 of 3, side 2.
2 19 San Diego, 1972
1 Sound cassette ; Duplicate of cassette 1 of 2
2 Sound cassettes ; Originals; cassette 1 of 2 labeled sides E and F and "interview;" cassette 2 of 2 labeled "Sequence of events - Personal"

Original tapes in poor condition; use existing duplicate for access.

2 20 Lecture, Art Center Fort Worth, circa 1972
1 Sound cassette ; Original; labeled sides G and H.
1 Sound cassette ; Duplicate; Sound distorted

Original cassette is damaged; use existing duplicate for access.

2 21 circa 1972
2 Sound cassettes ; Originals; cassettes labeled sides I and J, and "preliminary interview, article #3"
2 Sound cassettes ; Duplicates
Interview begins on cassette 1, on side labeled "I," and continues on cassette 2, on the unlabeled side. Side labeled "J" contains unrelated recording of an Art Center staff party with Robert Irwin present. Copy of interview begins on duplicate cassette 1, side labeled "I," and continues on duplicate cassette 2, which is labeled "second 1/2."

Original cassettes are damaged; use duplicate cassettes for access.

2 22 Lecture, California State University, Humboldt, 1973 February 28
1 Sound cassette ; Duplicate of sound from original video reel
1 Videoreel (½ inch)
Box Item
3 1 Social Gathering, San Francisco, 1973 March
1 Sound cassette ; Original, not dated; labeled "At Nell's House"
1 Sound cassette ; Duplicate; labeled "At Nell's House"

Original cassette is damaged; use duplicate cassette for access.

3 2 Los Angeles, 1974 July
1 sound tape reel ; Box labeled "Personal interview, Los Angeles, New material for book, parts 3-4 (I have part 1 in long hand)"
Recording on side 1; May 30, 1975 interview on opposite side of same reel
3 3 1975 May 30
1 sound tape reel ; Box label reads "Teleph. conv. re: Chicago & Fort Worth"
Recording on side 2; July 1974 interview is on opposite side of same reel.
3 4 1975 June
1 sound tape reel ; Box label reads "Article #4, placing your attention on the periphery of knowing"
3 5 1975 August
3 Sound cassettes ; Duplicates
1 sound tape reel ; Original; box label reads "latest article"
Side 1 of duplicate cassette 1 of 3 contains approximately 8 min., 30 seconds of Irwin interview not found on original reel. Duplicate cassette 2 of 3 (labeled "side 2 1/2") contains an additional lecture and Q&A with an unidentified male speaker, approximately 41 minutes in duration.
3 6 1975 December
1 sound tape reel ; Box label reads "Telephone call, Irwin conversation re: 'placing your attention' final OK"
3 7 1976
1 sound tape reel ; Box label reads "Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, also Whitney show discussion"
3 Lecture, "Artist As Educator," Berkeley Museum, 1976 May 5
See box 4, item 19; Hap Tivey, Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, 1977 October
3 1976 May 12
See box 5, folder 3; Panel Discussions, Space and Place, UCLA
3 8 1977 June 2
1 sound tape reel ; Box label reads "Telephone conv. re: Whitney show"
3 9 1977 July 5-6
1 sound tape reel
3 10 1977 August 3
1 sound tape reel ; Box label reads "Telephone conversation re: editing of article #5"
3 11 Lecture, Berkeley Museum Series, 1978 April 20
1 sound tape reel ; Box label reads "At time of 'Space As Support' exhibition, excellent ocndensation of theories"
3 Interview fragment, circa 1977
See box 1, item 21; Robert Colescott, 1979 February 1
3 12 1979 May 26
1 sound tape reel ; Box label reads "Discussion re: premis of light and space book"
3 13 1980 July 15
1 sound tape reel ; Box label reads "Newest work, book discussion L&S"
3 14 1984
2 Sound cassettes ; Originals
2 Sound cassettes ; Duplicates
Sequence of interview is cassette 1 of 2, unlabeled side, then side marked "84"; cassette 2 of 2, side marked 3, then side marked 2.
3 15 1987 March
2 Sound cassettes
Only side 1 of cassette 1 of 2 contains the interview from March, 1987. Brief and unrelated recordings exist on cassette 1, side 2, and cassette 2, side 1.
3 16 Oliver Jackson, 1982 August
2 Sound cassettes
3 17 Craig Kaufman, 1976 February 6
1 sound tape reel
3 18 Jim Love, 1973 March
1 Sound cassette
3 19 Tom Marioni Lecture, Indianapolis Museum, 1975 January
1 Sound cassette
3 20 Fred Martin, 1980 November 5
1 sound tape reel
Original box labeled "blank," but reel is not blank.
3 21 Marshall McLuhan, Southern Methodist University, 1973 November 30
1 Sound cassette
3 Blanche McVeigh and the Fort Worth Circle
See box 4, item 25; Richard Tuttle, Lecture in Dallas, Texas, circa 1971
3 22 Jack Mims, 1973
1 Sound cassette
3 Robert Misrach
See box 1, item 2; Lita Albuquerque and Richard Misrach interview with unidentified curators at California State University at Fullerton, 1988
3 23 John Mason, 1978 July 28
1 sound tape reel
3 William Moritz
See box 5, folder 3; Panel Discussions, Space and Place, UCLA
3 Ed Moses
3 24 1976
1 sound tape reel
3 25 Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, 1977 November
1 sound tape reel
3 26 Stephen Nagourney, P.S. 1, 1981 August
1 sound tape reel
3 Bruce Nauman
3 27 1974 May 29
1 sound tape reel
3 28 circa 1975
1 Sound cassette
3 29 1976 June 26
1 sound tape reel
3 30 1981 March
2 Sound cassettes
3 Manuel Neri
3 31 1976 December
1 sound tape reel
3 32 1980 December 18
1 sound tape reel ; Original box labeled: "Art and the Spirit"
3 33 Louise Nevelson Lecture, Berkeley, Calif., circa 1975
1 Sound cassette
3 Maria Nordman
3 34 1978 April
1 sound tape reel
3 35 1979 June 11
1 sound tape reel
3 36 1979 June
1 sound tape reel ; Original box labeled "Interview # III"
Different from June 11, 1979 recording.
3 Eric Orr
3 37 1979 February 26
1 sound tape reel
3 38 1980 October
1 sound tape reel
Box Item
4 1 1981 August
1 sound tape reel
4 Beverly Pepper
4 2 1975 February 10
1 sound tape reel
4 3 1975 May 20
1 sound tape reel
Pepper interview is found in the middle of side 1 of reel. Reel also contains multiple partially taped-over recordings, including notes dictated by Butterfield regarding archival research at the beginning of side 1, a 2 min. fragment of an interview with Richard Arneson of October 1974 at the end of side 1, and a fragement of a forum on post-minimalist art in the middle of side 2.
4 3 Ken Price, 1978 July
2 sound tape reels
4 4 Joseph Raffael, 1976 July 15
1 sound tape reel
4 Milton Resnick
See also box 5, folder 1, Panel Discussions, Attack, 1959
4 5 with Pat Passlof, circa 1970
2 Sound cassettes
Original cassette 1 of 2 also labeled "Dennis Hopper," but Dennis Hopper is not in recording. Cassette 2 of 2 also contains a conversation with unidentified men, possibly instructors at the Northwood Experimental Art Institute in Dallas, TX, and two fragments from unidentified acoustiguide recordings.
4 6 1971 February 20
2 Sound cassettes
Interview conducted by unidentified man, possibly Henry Hopkins.
4 Sam Richardson
4 7 1978 May
1 sound tape reel
4 8 1982 September
1 Sound cassette
4 Jim Roche
4 9 The Believable Literalism and Sure Fire Presentation; Here We Are Henry Piece, circa 1972
1 Sound cassette ; Original cassette also labeled "Jim Roche personal tape piece" and "1. Relation symbols, 2. Wiritings on wall"
4 10 1973
2 Sound cassettes
Cassette 2 of 2 marked "January" but seems to follow cassette marked "spring"
4 11 Ed Ruscha, circa 1981
1 Sound cassette
4 12 Ursula Schneider, interview conducted by Lorri Surrihan, circa 1973
1 sound tape reel
4 Richard Serra
See also box 5, folder 2; Panel Discussions, Space and Place, UCLA
4 13 Richard Shaw, 1981 July
1 sound tape reel
4 Hassel Smith
4 14 circa 1974
1 Sound cassette
Interview is on first 32 minutes of side 1 and last 13 minutes of side 2. Remainder of interview is taped over with a conversation among Smith, Carlos Villa, and Butterfield about the San Francisco Art Institute.
4 15 1977
1 sound tape reel
4 16 Joan Tewkesbury Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, 1976 October
1 sound tape reel
4 17 Wayne Thiebaud, 1976 July 4
1 sound tape reel
4 Hap Tivey
See also box 5, folder 2; Panel Discussions, Space and Place, UCLA, 1976
4 18 Interdisciplinary Seminar and Interview, San Francisco Art Institute, 1977 October
2 sound tape reels
Interview begins approximately 12 minutes into reel 1, side 2. Reel 2, side 2 also contains fragments of a recording of a 1974 meeting of Advocates for the Arts, and a slide talk by an unidentified artist, possibly Laddie John Dill. Original box for reel 2 of 2 also labeled with names Robert Irwin, Judy Chicago, and Dennis O'Leary, but these individuals are not found in the recording.
4 19 Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, 1977 October
1 sound tape reel
Side 2 of reel contians Robert Irwin Lecture, "The Artist as Educator," Berkeley Museum, May 5 1976.
4 20 1979 February13
1 sound tape reel
4 21 1986
1 Sound cassette
4 22 Garner Tullis, 1981 November
2 Sound cassettes ; Handwritten note on cassette 1 of 2: "Sam Francis work"
4 James Turrell
4 23 1979 June 16
2 sound tape reels
4 24 1981 March
1 Sound cassette
4 25 Richard Tuttle, Lecture in Dallas, Texas, circa 1971
1 Sound cassette
Side 2 contains a recorded conversation between Butterfield and an unidentified man and woman concerning printmaker Blanche McVeigh and the Fort Worth Circle.
4 Dewain Valentine
4 26 circa 1978
1 Sound cassette ; Handwritten note on cassette: "first interview"
4 27 1979 October
1 sound tape reel
Original box also labeled "Sam Francis 6/22/79," and "no! blank - but keep above info: S.F. tape may be missing." Reel contains only the Valentine interview of October 1979.
4 28 Carlos Villa, 1978 March 4
1 sound tape reel
See also box 4, item 14; Hassel Smith, circa 1974, for a conversation between Smith, Villa and Butterfield regarding the San Francisco Art Institute.
4 Susan Kaiser Vogel
4 29 1981 June
1 sound tape reel
4 30 1982 March 16
1 Sound cassette
Handwritten notes on original cassette read "Side #3?" and "side#4?", but no sides 1 and 2 for this interview are found in the collection.
4 31 1984 August
1 Sound cassette
4 32 1987 October
3 Sound cassettes (microcassette)
4 33 Robert Wade, 1973
1 Sound cassette
4 Doug Wheeler
4 34 1979 July 15
2 sound tape reels
4 35 1981 March
1 Sound cassette
4 Ed Wortz
See box 5, folder 2; Panel Discussions, Space and Place, UCLA
Michael Yost, Project Manager for Roden Crater
4 36 1979 December 6
1 Sound cassette ; Poor sound quality
4 37 1980 May
1 sound tape reel
Original reel also contains part of an oral history conducted by Jan Butterfield for the Archives of American Art. Reel has been removed from the collection and stored with the oral history collection. A digital copy of the Yost interview is available for research access.
4 38 Elyn Zimmerman, 1979 August
1 sound tape reel
4 39 Unidentified Artist, Question and Answer Discussion, circa 1959-1997
1 Sound cassette ; Handwritten note on label: "OK to erase"
4 40 Unidentified Artist, Class visit, circa 1959-1997
1 Sound cassette
Class visit found in first 13 minutes of recording. Cassette also contains an unidentified literary reading, music, and fragments of an acoustiguide for a Van Gogh exhibition at LACMA.
4 41 Unidentified Curators, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, circa 1959-1997
1 Sound cassette
4 42 Unidentified Lecture on Light and Space Art in Antiquity, circa 1995
2 Sound cassettes ; Handwritten on both cassette cases: "Cutting Edge, 10/7"
Box Folder
5 Panel Discussions
5 1 The Influence of Modern Painting on Our Tradition, University of Southern Illinois, with Milton Resnick and Edward Dugmore, 1959
1 sound tape reel ; 7 inch
5 1 Attack, Milton Resnick and Ad Reinhardt Debate, The Club, 1961 January 1
1 sound tape reel ; 7 inch
5 Space and Place, University of California Los Angeles
5 2 Hap Tivey, Mowry Baden, Ed Wortz, 1976 April 7
1 sound tape reel
5 2 Lloyd Hamrol and Richard Serra, 1976 April 28
1 sound tape reel
Introduction by Meredith Wortz.
5 3 Robert Irwin, 1976 May 12
2 Sound cassettes ; Duplicates
1 sound tape reel ; Original
5 3 William Moritz, 1976 May 19
1 sound tape reel
5 4 What is the East? Where is the West?, 1988
1 Sound cassette
Speakers include Suzanne Muchnic, Diana Wong, Josene Starles, Carl Cheng, Joan Hugo, Daniel Wheeler, Ingird Awed, and Ann Page.
5 4 Light and Medium, Light as Vehicle, College Art Association, New York, N.Y., 1997
2 Sound cassettes
Speakers include Susan Chorpenning, Judit Hersko, Stefan Becker, and Seth Riskin.

Series 2: Writings, 1962-1997
3.7 Linear feet; Boxes 5-8, 16, OV 17

This series contains handwritten and typewritten drafts, notes, research, correspondence, photographs of works of art, and other documentation related to Butterfield's book projects, articles, catalog essays, and publicity writings.

The most extensive project in this series is Butterfield’s book The Art of Light and Space, represented here in multiple drafts, galleys, photographs of works of art, editorial correspondence, records related to later exhibitions of the artists represented in the book, and records of an exhibition of artist portraits created for the book by the photographer James McHugh. Extensive files of photographs of works of art by the artists included in the book are also found in the photographs series. Note that the first two drafts in the series bear earlier titles, Context, the art of light and space, and California Light and Space, but are the same work.

Book projects on the artists Fletcher Benton and Leonard Cutrow are also documented in this series in correspondence, business records, photographs of works of art, and scattered typescript and printout draft writings. Butterfield does not take an author credit for these projects, but she seems to have been involved in their editing and production to different degrees. A book on outdoor sculpture in San Francisco by Warren Radford is found in draft form and appears to have been edited by Butterfield. The draft is filed at the end of the series under “writings by others”.

Articles by Butterfield found in this series are mostly in the form of typescript drafts, some hand-corrected. Photocopies of Butterfield’s published articles are filed with Printed Materials. Articles about artists or galleries are arranged by the subject’s name. Other articles are listed in the series by title.

Many of the files relating to catalog essays by Butterfield contain extensive documentation related to the artist subjects, including multiple drafts, photographs of works of art, and research gathered about the artist or subject matter in the form of printed materials, artist biographies and CVs from galleries, notes, and correspondence. The file for Richard Shaw also contains an interview transcript, presumably for the 1981 interview by Butterfield found In the Interviews series.

Some of Butterfield’s work as a publicist for artists and galleries is filed under publicity writings, which include drafts of press releases, exhibition reviews, photographs of artwork, research, and occasionally correspondence with the artist. A large amount of material is found related to Peter Erskine’s project “Secrets of the Sun” (1992) including two videocassettes (VHS). An additional videocassette (VHS) is found with publicity writings for the artist Anne Labirola.

Many of the writings are based on recorded interviews that can be found in series 1, Interviews and Lectures. A variety of material related to Butterfield’s work on books published by Lapis Press is found in series 3, Project files, which also contains additional publicity writings by Butterfield. Extensive writings by others on the artist George Herms are found in series 4, Personal Business Records. Many of Butterfield’s writings that appeared in print are found in series 5, Printed Materials. Additional photographs of works of art by the artists about whom Butterfield wrote are found in series 6, Photographs.

Box
5 Books
5 The Art of Light and Space
5 5-10 Corrected Typescript Draft, 1980s
5 11-16 Typescript Draft, 1988
5 17-21 Typescript with Editor's Annotations, after 1988
Photocopy
Box Folder
6 Draft Fragments with Editor's Annotations
6 1 Introduction, circa 1988-1992
6 2-3 James Turrell Chapter, circa 1988-1992
6 4 DeWain Valentine Chapter, 1975, 1980, 1991
Also contains photographs, printed materials, and editorial correspondence.
Oversized item moved to Box 16, folder 1.
6 5 Notes, circa 1988-1992
6 6 Editorial Correspondence, 1991-1993
6 7 Grant Proposal for Related Exhibition, 1988
6 8 Galley Proofs, 1993
6 9 Uncorrected Proof, 1993
6 Photographs
6 10 Introductions, 1966-1981
6 11 Robert Irwin, 1970-1985
6 12-13 James Turrell, 1967-1991
6 14 Maria Nordman, 1971-1983
6 15 Doug Wheeler, 1967-1976
6 16 Bruce Nauman, 1969-1988
6 17 Eric Orr, 1968-1991
6 18 Larry Bell, 1965-1983
6 19 DeWain Valentine, 1970-1990
6 20 Susan Kaiser Vogel, 1977-1981
6 21 Hap Tivey, 1973-1990
6 22 Source Material, "Robert Irwin's Theories," circa 1977
Oversized item moved to Box 16, folder 1.
6 23 Fletcher Benton, 1989-1991
6 24-30 Leonard Cutrow, circa 1962-1994
6 Articles
6 31 Ansel Adams, 1976
6 32 Bruce Connor, Bruce Connor Lookalike Contest and Bake Sale (1975), 1973-1980
Oversized items moved to Box 17.
6 33 Guy Dill, Sculpture is about Proof: The Visual Harmonics of Guy Dill, 1991-1992
6 34 Ferus Gallery, A Small Parenthesis in Time, circa 1976
6 35-36 Sam Francis, Unpublished Posthumous Article, 1994-1996
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 1.
6 37 Joe Goode, circa 1981
6 38 Robert Irwin, The Subject of Art is Aesthetic Perception, 1977
6 39 Jasper Johns, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, The Bride and the Bachelors, circa 1977
6 40 The Kimball Art Museum, The Power and the Glory, circa 1972
Box Folder
7 1 Pablo Picasso, The Death of a Giant, circa 1973
7 2 Quay Gallery and Peter Voulkos, circa 1974
7 3 Joseph Raffael, Infinite Intricateness, 1976
7 4 "Made in America," American Art Review, 1977
7 5 Thrills, Chills, and Spills; The Second Artists' Soapbox Derby, 1978
7 6 Turning the Tide: Early L.A. Modernists, 1920-1956, 1990
7 Catalog Essays
7 "Shape: Forming the L.A. Look" (1976)
7 8 Draft and Catalog, 1995
7 8 Correspondence and Notes, 1995
7 9 Research, circa 1991-1995
7 Larry Bell, Albuquerque Museum (1997)
7 10 Draft, 1997
7 11 Correspondence and Notes, 1996
7 12-14 Research, circa 1982-1996
7 15 Elmer Bischoff, “Walking a Tightrope,” Laguna Art Museum, 1985
7 Robert Hudson, “Visions of Eyes and Hands,” Allan Frumkin Gallery (1976)
7 16 Correspondence, 1976
7 17 Notes, circa 1976
7 18 Early Drafts, circa 1976
7 19 Late Drafts, circa 1976
7 20-21 Research, circa 1976
Contains photocopies of articles dated 1964-1975.
7 Richard Shaw, Newport Harbor Art Museum (1981)
7 22 Drafts, circa 1981
Oversized material moved to Box 17.
7 23 Interview Transcript and Notes, 1981
7 24 Research, circa 1976-1988
Oversized materials moved to Box 16, folder 1.
7 Publicity Writings
7 25-26 Lita Albuquerque, circa 1990-1996
7 27-29 Dean Andrews, 1994
7 30 Eleanore Berman, circa 1990
7 31 Chase Chien, circa 1991
7 32 Guy Dill, 1979-1992
7 33-36 Peter Erskine, circa 1990-1992
Includes 2 videocassettes (VHS).
Box Folder
8 4 Robert Irwin and James McHugh, 1991-1993
8 5 Sooja Kim, 1994
8 6-7 Ann Labriola, circa 1996-1997
Includes 1 videocassette (VHS).
8 8 Nina Frost Gallery, 1991
8 9 Tom Rose, circa 1992
8 10-11 Charles Strong, 1991, 1994
8 12 Joyce Treiman, 1993-1994
8 13 Betty Tsou Fong, 1983, 1986
8 14 William Turner Gallery, 1991
8 15-17 Diana Hsui-lu Wong, 1990-1994
8 Writings by Others
8 18 A Heritage of Outdoor Sculpture by Warren Radford, 1990
8 19 Space in Japanese Residential Architecture by Joseph N. Newland, 1978
8 20 Frank Stella Chronology, circa 1987
Box Folder
16 1 Oversized Item from Books, The Art of Light and Space, Draft Fragments with Editor's Annotations, DeWain Valentine Chapter
Oversized material from Box 6, folder 4.
16 1 Oversized Item from Books, The Art of Light and Space, Source Material, Robert Irwin's Theories
Oversized material from Box 6, folder 22.
16 1 Oversized Material from Articles, Sam Francis, Unpublishes Posthumous Article
Oversized material from Box 6, folder 36.
16 1 Oversized Material from Catalog Essays, Robert Hudson, "Visions of Eyes and Hands," Research
Oversized material from Box 7, folders 20-21.
16 1 Oversized Material from Catalog Essays, Richard Shaw, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Research
Oversized materials from Box 7, folder 24.
Box
17 Oversized Material from Articles, Bruce Connor
Oversized material from Box 6, folder 32.
17 Oversized Material from Catalog Essays, Richard Shaw, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Drafts
Oversized material from Box 7, folder 22.

Series 3: Project Files, circa 1950-1990
1.6 Linear feet; Boxes 8-10, 16

This series contains records relating to major projects overseen by Butterfield, including a catalog of artworks held by the corporation Pacific Enterprises, a cross-disciplinary project overseen by Butterfield at the San Francisco Art Institute called the Waterfront Project, and a publishing company for which Butterfield served as managing editor called Lapis Press.

The series is arranged as 3 subseries.

3.1: The Art Collection of Pacific Enterprises Artist Files and Interviews, circa 1990
1 Linear foot

Records related to a published catalog of the corporate art collection of Pacific Enterprises include galleys of artist biographies as they appeared in the book, a typescript glossary of terms related to artworks in the collection, and nine sound cassettes (microcassettes) containing artist interviews conducted by Michael Karp. Microcassettes have poor sound quality, and the artists being interviewed are not named or consistently identified in cassette labels. Those who have been identified are listed in the folder listing, below, in the order in which their interviews occur on the cassette. Interviews tend to be around 20 minutes in duration.

Artist files generally contain typescript artist biographies, resumes obtained from galleries or from the artist, photocopies of clippings and articles related to the artist, and sometimes contain exhibition printed material and photographs of artwork. Most of the biographies were written by Micahel Karp, but a few were written by Butterfield, including biographies for Arleo, Breschi, Ruth Duckworth, Kenneth Ferguson, David Gilhooly, Tom Marioni, Richard Shaw, Inez Storer, and Peter Voulkos. Note that files do not exist for every artist that was included in the Pacific Enterprises Catalog.

Additional artist files maintained by Jan Butterfield can be found in the writings series under Publicity Writings when they contain writings produced by Butterfield for the artist, in the Personal Business Records series under Correspondence when they contain correspondence between Butterfield and the artist. Additional artist files containing only reproductions of artwork are found in the Photographs series.

Box Folder
8 21-22 Artist Biogrpahies, Galley Proof, circa 1991
8 23 Glossary, Typescript, 1991
8 24-26 Interviews, circa 1990
9 Sound cassettes (microcassette)

Microcassette 1 of 9

  • John Millei
  • Sam Maloof
  • David Ireland
  • Ron Cooper

Microcassette 2 of 9

  • Ron Cooper (continued)
  • Lita Albuquerque
  • Gus Foster
  • David Kimball Anderson
  • Robert Arneson
  • Unidentified sculptor
  • David Pearson
  • Louis Pearson

Microcassette 3 of 9

  • Louis Pearson (continued)
  • Guy Dill
  • Laddie Dill

Microcassette 4 of 9

  • James Morris
  • Howard Buchwald
  • Dean Johnson
  • Ann Adair

Microcassette 5 of 9

  • Add Adair (continued)
  • Tom Marioni
  • James Linnehan
  • Annette McCormick
  • Tim Mather

Microcassette 6 of 9

  • Gillian Theobald (Note with Theobald's name indicates this may be part 2 of this interview, but no part 1 is extant.)
  • Keith Milow
  • Norma Pechansky Glasser
  • Zizi Raymond
  • Rosaline Delisle
  • Marilyn Levine
  • Nelson Valentine
  • Frank Romero
  • Peter Alexander
  • Yoshio Taylor

Microcassette 7 of 9

  • Gretchen Ewart (Note by Ewart's name indicates this is part 2 of the interview, but no part 1 is extant.)
  • Skip Miller
  • Buelbo (?)
  • Richard Deutsch
  • Tom Ashcraft

Microcassette 8 of 9

  • Inez Storer
  • Jean Lowe
  • Eleane Grove
  • Andrew Ginzel
  • Kristen Jones
  • Charles Arnoldi

Microcassette 9 of 9

  • Charles Arnoldi (continued)
  • Fran Martin
  • Paul Sarkisian
  • Carol Sarkisian
  • Steven Beye
8 Artist Files
8 27 Mark Abildgaard, 1990
8 28 Ann Adair, 1990
8 29 Edward Allington, 1987-1989
8 30 David Anderson, 1989
8 31 Adrian Arleo, 1987-1988
8 32 Richard Artschwager, 1986-1988
8 33 Bill Barrell, 1982-1985
8 34 Joel Bass, 1986-1987
8 35 Bennett Bean, 1988-1989
8 36 Howard Ben Tre, 1987-1988
8 37 Roger Berry, 1980-1989
8 38 Derek Boshier, 1988-1990
Box Folder
9 1 Nick Boskovich, 1985-1990
9 2 Robert Brady, 1976-1989
9 3 Karen Breschi, 1987-1989
9 4 Howard Buchwald, 1975-1989
9 5 John Buck, 1987-1988
9 6 Peter Campus, 1981-1989
9 7 Dale Chihuly, 1981-1989
9 8 Annette Corcoran, 1984-1989
9 9 Philip Cornelius, 1988-1990
9 10 Ron Davis, 1976-1989
9 11 Constance De Jong, 1989
9 12 Tony DeLap, 1963-1986
9 13 Rosaline Delisle, 1987-1989
9 14 Richard Deutsch, 1988
9 15 Joseph DiGiorgio, circa 1990
9 16 Guy Dill, 1983
9 17 Ruth Duckworth, 1982-1989
9 18 Ibsen Espada, 1989
9 19 Ned Evans, 1989
9 20 Gretschen Ewart, 1989
9 21 Kenneth Ferguson, 1979-1988
9 22 Gus Foster, 1989
9 23 Connie Fox, 1986-1990
9 24 Hermine Freed, 1980
9 25 David Gilhooly, 1989
9 26 Norma Glasser, 1987
9 27 Larry Gray, 1988-1990
9 28 Red Grooms, 1987-1989
9 29 Eaine Grove, 1990
9 30 Al Held, 1989
9 31 Tom Holland, 1974-1988
9 32 John Hull, 1987-1989
9 33 Jim Huntington, 1986-1989
9 34 Phillis Ideal, 1989
9 35 Dean Johnson, 1986-1989
9 36 Kristin Jones, 1986-1989
9 37 William King, 1989
9 38 Jeff Koons, 1989
9 39 Arva Leodas, 1985-1989
9 40 Dennis Leon, 1977-1990
9 41 Marilyn Levine, 1986
9 42 Sol LeWitt, 1986-1989
9 43 James Linnehan, 1990
9 44 Jean Lowe, 1988-1989
9 45 Gregory Mahoney, 1987-1988
9 46 Sam Maloof, circa 1990
9 47 Tom Marioni, 1974-1990
9 48 Fran Martin, 1989
9 49 Tim Mather, 1988-1990
9 50 David McClear, 1987-1989
9 51 Annette McCormick, 1986-1990
9 52 John Millei, 1989
9 53 Skip Miller, 1990
9 54 Keith Milow, 1982-1990
9 55 Mike Moran, 1987-1989
9 56 Jesús Bautista Moroles, 1989
9 57 James Morris, 1989
9 58 Jay Musler, 1990
9 59 Ronna Neuenschwander, 1987-1990
9 60 John Nygren, 1990
9 61 Eric Orr, 1980-1989
9 62 Shauna Peck, 1987-1989
9 63 Jeff Perone, 1990
9 64 Judy Pfaff, 1986-1989
9 65 Zizi Raymond, 1989
9 66 John Register, circa 1989
9 67 Frank Romero, 1984-1989
9 68 James Rosenquist, 1989
9 69 Carol Sarkisian, 1988-1990
9 70 Paul Sarkisian, 1982-1987
9 71 Adrian Saxe, 1985-1990
9 72 Italo Scanga, 1989-1990
9 73 Sean Scully, 1989
9 74 Richard Shaw, 1988-1990
9 75 Peter Shire, 1989
9 76 Marion Stiebel, 1988-1990
9 77 Sandy Skogland, 1981-1989
9 78 David Smith, 1988-1990
9 79 Pat Steir, 1989
9 80 Inez Storer, 1987-1990
9 81 Roger Sweet, circa 1990
9 82 Yoshio Taylor, 1982-1990
9 83 Gillian Theobald, 1988-1989
9 84 Gwen Thomas, 1986-1989
9 85 John Torreano, 1990
9 86 Leo Valledor, 1985
9 87 Peter Voulkos, 1975-1990
Oversized material moved to box 16, folder 2.
9 88 Peter Waite, 1987-1988
9 89 Roscoe West, 1976-1989
9 90 Margaret Wharton, 1981-1987
9 91 Sheila Wolk, 1987
9 92 Elizabeth Woodman, 1978-1988
Box Folder
16 2 Oversized material from The Art Collection of Pacific Enterprises, Artist Files, Peter Voulkos
Oversized material from Box 9, folder 87.

3.2: Waterfront Project Photographs and Sound Recordings, 1976-1978
0.4 Linear feet

Jan Butterfield coordinated the waterfront project while on the faculty of the San Francisco Art Institute. The project began in 1976 was modeled on the La Defense project in Paris, which involved local artists in urban planning of a blighted area. Participants in the project included Butterfield, Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Melinda Wortz, Eric Orr, Dr. E. Wortz, Frank Gehry, Newton and Helen Harrison, and Josh Young, as well as students at the Art Institute. The project and was designed to take a cross-disciplinary approach to urban planning and development for the waterfront district of San Francisco, and to involve artists and local residents in decision-making. Records relating to the project found in this series include photographs of meetings and waterfront scenes, most of which are credited to Jan Butterfield, and sound recordings of meetings, lectures, and literary readings. The lecture by Jan Butterfield contains detailed information about the project as a whole. Sound recordings are on five sound tape reels and 1 sound cassette.

Fragments of additional taped meetings are found on reels that were recycled for Butterfield’s interviews. See series 1, interviews and lectures, David Hockney interview and John Cage performance and lecture.

Box Folder
10 1-2 Photographs, circa 1976-1978
10 Sound Recordings
10 3 Waterfront Meeting, Frank Gehry's, 1977 July 6
1 sound tape reel
10 3 Waterfront Lecture, Melinda Wortz, 1977 September
1 sound tape reel
10 4 Waterfront Class with Josh Young, 1977 September 16
1 sound tape reel
10 4 Waterfront Class with Toby Rosenblatt, Audrey Owen, Bob Moyer, 1977 October 21
1 sound tape reel
10 5 Lecture by Butterfield at San Francisco Art Institute, 1978 February 6
1 Sound cassette
10 5 Literary Reading by Waterfront Writers, 1978 May
1 sound tape reel
10 5 Sound Tape Reel Box, Empty, Labeled Waterfront Meeting, Los Angeles, 1977 August 31

3.3: Lapis Press Records, circa 1950s-1988, bulk 1984-1988
0.3 Linear feet

Lapis Press was a publishing firm Butterfield was involved in. A few scattered records exist in this collection relating to Lapis publications, including a catalog, clippings with cartoons files as “Lapis Jokes,” newspaper clippings relating the activities of the press, and two interviews on two sound cassettes with unidentified scholars of Carl Jung, possibly including one with C.A. Meyer, the author of Lapis publication Soul and Body. One of the interviews is falsely labeled Jean Star Untermeyer, but could not have been her as it post-dates her death. Also found are a number of photographs that were collected for Lapis publications, including copy negatives for Dorothea Tanning’s Birthday, photographs of San Francisco beat-era writers from various sources for the book Whitman’s Wild Children, and photographs of an unidentified publishing event.

Box Folder
10 6 Catalog, circa 1986
10 7 Lapis Jokes, circa 1984-1988
10 8 Interviews Related to Soul and Body by C.A. Meier, circa 1986
2 Sound cassettes
10 Photographs
10 9 Birthday by Dorothea Tanning, circa 1986
Copy negatives
10 10-11 Whitman's Wild Children by Neeli Cherkovski, circa 1950-1986
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 2.
10 12 Unidentified Event, 1988
10 13 Publicity, 1984-1985
Box Folder
16 2 Oversized Materials from Lapis Press Records, Photographs, Whitman's Wild Children
Oversized material from Box 10, folder 10.

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1967-1996
1.1 Linear feet; Boxes 10-11, OV 17-19

This series contains records relating to Butterfield’s sale and appraisal of artworks, correspondence relating to her writing and publicity work for artists, other records relating to her career including detailed resumes, and a few personal records relating to her family, friends, finances and health. Also found is 1 sound cassette from Butterfield’s answering machine containing incoming messages and some phone conversations from the early 1980s.

Correspondence files also contain many enclosures, including contracts, postcards, photographs of works of art, and printed materials. The file on the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission contains extensive writings and other documentation relating to the sculptor George Herms, the subject of an exhibition at the municipal art gallery, Barnsdall Park.

A copy of the periodical The Journal of Art, which has records in this series, is found in series 5, Printed Materials. Additional press releases are also foundin seris 5, Printed Materials.

Box Folder
10 Art Sales and Loans
10 14 Price Lists, 1990-1999
10 15 John Natsoulas Gallery, 1993
10 16-18 Sam Francis, 1984-1994
10 19 Santa Monica Auctions, 1993
10 20 Authentication of Gauguin's Vue du Port du Martinique, 1995
10 21 Business License, The Journal of Art, 1989
10 Correspondence
10 22 Outgoing, 1988-1995
10 23 Personal, circa 1970, 1979
10 24 Miscellaneous Business, 1992-1994
10 25 Archives of American Art, 1991
10 26 AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art), 1991
10 27 Christina Chalmers, 1992
10 28 Janet Disraeli, 1991
10 29 Tom Eatherton, 1967-1981
10 30 Venessa Falgoust, 1990-1991
10 31 Walter Hopps and Elizabeth Shepherd, 1988
10 32 Eric Johnson, circa 1994-1996
Includes 2 videocassettes (VHS) contianing studio footage.
10 33 David Jones, 1987-1993
10 34 Los Angeles Cultural Commission regarding George Herms Exhibition, 1992
10 35 Eric Orr, 1983-1991
10 36 Stuart Collection, University of California San Diego, 1986
10 37 Calvin Tomkins, 1992
10 38 Bill Witherspoon, 1990-1992
Box Folder
11 Financial Records
11 1 Personal, 1992-1994
11 2 Professional, 1994
11 3-7 Job Search, 1990-1994
11 8 Notes, circa 1983-1994
Oversized material moved to Box 18.
11 Press Releases
11 9 Death of Richard Brown, Kimball Art Museum, 1979
Oversized material moved to Box 17.
11 10 Henry Hopkins, 1970
11 Résumés and CVs
11 11 Jan Butterfield, 1980-1994
11 12 Henry Hopkins, circa 1974
11 13 Telephone Messages, circa 1981
1 Sound cassette
11 14 Unidentified Technical Drawing, circa 1970-1990
Oversized material moved to Box 19.
Box
17 Oversized Personal Business Records, Press Releases, Death of Richard Brown
Oversized material from Box 11, folder 9.
Box
18 Oversized Personal Business Records, Notes
Box
19 Oversized Personal Business Records, Unidentified Technical Drawing
Oversized material from Box 11, folder 14.

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1961-1997
1.8 Linear feet; Boxes 11-12, 16, OV 17-19

This series contains articles published in magazines, newspapers, journals, and other art-related publications, as well as exhibition catalogs, posters, plans for installations and exhibition spaces, a disassembled scrapbook, and special print publications. Many of the articles and clippings exist in photocopy only.

Any printed material containing writings by Butterfield is filed at the beginning of the series under “Articles by Butterfield.” A bound collection of article photocopies is found at the beginning of the series, followed by early articles Butterfield wrote for Texas papers between 1970-1972. Individual articles by Butterfield are then filed by artist’s name, or by the title of the article if the subject was not a single artist. Clippings have a few files arranged by subject, but most clippings are filed chronologically. A few clippings files also contain press releases. Most of the articles are about specific artists, galleries, museums, and other art world stories. Exhibition catalogs are arranged alphabetically by artist or by exhibition title for group shows. Additional exhibition catalogs are found in the Writings series, among Butterfield’s drafts of catalog essays and publicity writings. An exhibition program for Tony Labat is filed under “Articles by Butterfield.”

Exhibition posters are for Ferus Gallery from 1963 and Robert Hudson at Moore College in 1978. Plans include two floor plans of installations by James Turrell, one axonometric view of an unidentified installation, and two elevation drawings of P.S.1 in Queens, New York. Publicity files are arranged by subject and contain multiple types of printed material such as press releases, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and announcements. Readings for “Issues in Contemporary Art” contains photocopied articles used by Butterfield to teach a college course of that name.

Special publications include magazines and other printed matter which Butterfield collected or contributed to, including two issues of the program for the Artists' Soapbox Derby at the San Francisco Museum of Art and a 1978 guide to art spaces published by the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art.

Additional printed materials are found in series 2, Writings, series 3, Project files, and series 4, Personal Business Records.

Box Folder
11 Articles by Butterfield
11 15 Bound Portfolio, circa 1985
11 16 Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1970-1972
11 17 Texas Observer, 1971
11 18 "Context: Light and Space as Art," 1982
11 19 "The Russians Are Coming," 1980
11 20 Lita Albuquerque, 1989-1990
11 21 Larry Bell, 1978, 1982
11 22 Fletcher Benton, 1980, 1986
11 23 Joan Brown, 1975
11 24 Chris Burden, 1975
11 25 Judy Chicago, 1979
11 26 Christo, 1971
11 27 Richard Diebenkorn, 1983
11 28-29 Sam Francis, 1979-1983
11 30 Joe Goode, 1982
11 31 Philip Guston, 1980
11 32 George Herms, 1978-1979
11 33 Robert Hudson, 1976, 1985
11 34 Robert Irwin, 1972-1981
11 35 Oliver Jackson, 1982
11 36 Craig Kaufman, 1982
Oversized materials moved to Box 16, folder 3.
11 37 Tony Labat, 1987
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 3.
11 38 Modesto Lanzone, 1982
11 39 Helen Lundberg, 1983
11 40 Bruce Nauman, 1975
11 41 Manuel Neri, 1981
11 42 Maria Nordman, 1979
11 43 Joseph Raffael, 1976
11 44 George Segal, circa 1984
11 45 Wayne Thiebaud, 1977
11 46 James Turrell, 1980
11 47 "Those Were the Days: L.A. in the 60s," 1981
11 48 Article by Henry Hopkins, "West Coast Style," 1966
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 3.
11 Articles about Butterfield
11 49 Art of Light and Space Review, 1993
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 3.
11 50 Lapis Press, 1985-1987
11 51 Art Over the Sofa Exhibition, 1991
11 Clippings
11 52 Family, 1961-1971
11 53 Sam Francis, 1979-1994
Also contains funeral mass program.
11 54-55 Henry Hopkins, 1968-1991
Oversized material moved to Box 17.
11 56 Peter Erskine, 1992
11 General
11 57 1968-1975
Oversized materials moved to Box 16, folder 4.
11 58 1979-1989
11 59 1990-1991
Oversized material moved to Box 17.
11 60 1992-1993
Oversized material moved to Box 18.
11 61 1994-1997, undated
Oversized material moved to Box 18.
11 Exhibition Catalogs
11 62 24 Young Los Angeles Artists (1971), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971
11 63 Albright Knox Gallery Acquisitions (1961), 1961
11 64 The Human Condition (1984), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Biennial, 1984
Oversized material moved to box 16, folder 5.
11 65 Jack Brogan: Projects (1980), Baxter Art Gallery, 1980
11 66 Fluid Bodies (1996), Gallery 825, 1996
Box Folder
12 Sam Francis
12 1 1961, 1967
12 2 1972-1978
12 3 1979-1980
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 5.
12 4 1981-1986
12 5 1986-1992, undated
12 6 Frimkess (1992), R. Mutt 1917 Gallery, 1992
12 7 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings from the USSR (1973), 1973
12 8 The Paintings of James Kelly, 1952-1990, The Wiegand Gallery (1990), 1990
12 9 Ed Kienholz, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1966), 1966
12 10 Light/Motion/Space, Milwaukee Art Center (1967), 1967
12 11 MA: Space-Time in Japan, The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, circa 1979
12 12 David Maxim: Painted Philosophy (1994), University of California at Berkeley Museums at Blackhawk, 1994
12 13 New Structuralists (1994), Boritzer/Gray/Hamano, 1994
12 14 Beverly Pepper: Small-Scale Sculpture and Drawings, Gerald Peters Gallery (1989), 1989
12 15 Ken Price: Figurine Cups, Gemini G.E.L., circa 1970
12 16 Clyfford Still (1976), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1976
12 Exhibition Posters
12 17 Ferus Gallery, 1963
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 5.
12 18 Robert Hudson, Moore College, 1978
Oversized material moved to Box 19.
12 19 Plans, 1976, undated
Oversized material moved to Box 19.
12 Publicity
12 20 Lee Roy Champagne, circa 1994
12 21 Christo, 1991
12 22 Richard Diebenkorn, 1992-1993
Oversized material moved to Box 18.
12 23 Edward Dugmore, 1991
12 24 Frederick Eversley, 1976-1977
12 26 Sam Francis, 1980-1985
12 26 Joe Goode, 1988-1992
12 27 Robert Graham, 1992
12 28 "Helter Skelter" Exhibition (1992), Museum of Contemporary Art, 1992
Oversized materials moved to Box 16, folder 5.
12 29 Maricia Gygli King, 1988-1990
12 30 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1986
12 31 Museum of Art and History (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 1997
12 32 Bruce Nauman, 1994
12 33 Gount Giuseppe Panza di Biumo Gift to the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1994
12 34 Victor Raphael, 1989-1995
12 35 Miscellaneous, 1993-1994
12 36-40 Readings for "Issues in Contemporary Art," circa 1975
12 41 Scrapbook, "Ed Kienholz" (1966), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966
12 Special Publications
12 42 Artists' Soapbox Derby Official Magazine, 1975, 1978
12 43 The Jounal of Art, 1989
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 6.
12 44 "Los Angeles County Art Museum," Los Angeles Times Supplement, 1965
12 45 Looking Critically: 21 Years of ArtForum Magazine, 1984
12 46 Museum of California, 1982
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 6.
12 47 The New Art Space, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, 1978
Box Folder
16 3 Oversized Articles by Butterfield, Craig Kaufman
Oversized material from Box 11, folder 36.
16 3 Oversized Articles by Butterfield, Tony Labat
Oversized material from Box 11, folder 37.
16 3 Oversized Article by Henry Hopkins, "West Coast Style"
Oversized material from Box 11, folder 48.
16 3 Oversized Article about Butterfield, Art of Light and Space Review
Oversized material from Box 11, folder 49.
16 4 Oversized Clippings, Sam Francis
Oversized materials from Box 11, folder 53.
16 4 Oversized Clippings, General, 1968-1975
Oversized materials from Box 11, folder 57.
16 5 Oversized Exhibition Catalogs, "The Human Condition," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Oversized material from Box 11, folder 64.
16 5 Oversized Exhibition Catalogs, Sam Francis, 1979-1980
Oversized materials from Box 12, folder 3.
16 5 Oversized Exhibition Posters, Ferus Gallery
Oversized material from Box 12, folder 17.
16 5 Oversized Publicity, "Helter Skelter" Exihbition, MOCA
Oversized materials from Box 12, folder 28.
16 6 Oversized Special Publications, The Journal of Art
Oversized material from Box 12, folder 43.
16 6 Oversized Special Publications, Museum of California
Oversized materials from Box 12, folder 46.
Box
17 Oversized Clippings, Henry Hopkins
Oversized materials from Box 11, folder 54.
17 Oversized Clippings, General, 1990-1991
Oversized material from Box 11, folder 59.
Box
18 Oversized Clippings, General, 1992-1993
Oversized material from Box 11, folder 60.
18 Oversized Clippings, General, 1994-1997
Oversized material from Box 11, folder 61.
18 Oversized Publicity, Richard Diebenkorn
Oversized material from Box 12, folder 22.
Box
19 Oversized Exhibition Posters, Robert Hudson, Moore College
Oversized material from Box 12, folder 18.
19 Oversized Plans
Oversized material from Box 12, folder 19.

Series 6: Photographs, 1958-1994
2.2 Linear feet; Boxes 12-14, 16

This series contains photographs of Butterfield's friends, associates, and family, her travels to China and Greece, and her wedding to Henry Hopkins. Photographs of people include artists Philip Guston, Ed Kienholz, Henry Hopkins with Clyfford Still, Robert Irwin, Robert Rauschenberg, and a group photograph for the Los Angeles Magazine feature, "LA Art in the 1960s," the published version of which is found in series 5, Printed Materials. The bulk of this series consists of photographs of works of art, arranged by artist, with a few photographs of exhibitions at the end of the series.

Most of the photographs are either prints or slides, but some negatives and contact sheets are also found. Most are of unknown origin or were taken by others, except for the photographs of Philip Guston, and photographs of works of art by Michael Brewster, Ron Davis, Robert Irwin, and Ed Ruscha, which are credited Jan Butterfield.

Additional photographs are found in series 2, Writings, and series 3, Project Files.

Box Folder
12 People
12 48 Philip Guston, photographs by Jan Butterfield, 1979
12 49 Ed Kienholz, circa 1970
12 50 Henry Hopkins with Clyfford Still, circa 1976
12 51 Robert Irwin, 1979, undated
12 52 Group for "LA Art in the 1960s" Article, LA Magazine, 1968
12 53 Robert Rauschenberg, circa 1970s
12 54 James Turrell, 1984
12 Personal
12 55 Butterfield with Unidentified Others, circa 1980
Contact sheets
12 56 Wedding of Butterfield and Henry Hopkins, circa 1970
Contact sheets
12 57-58 China, circa 1980
Contact sheets, negatives, and slides
Box Folder
13 1 Greece, circa 1980s
Negatives and slides
13 2 Unidentified, 1988, undated
Negatives and prints
13 Works of Art
13 3 Michael Asher, 1970
13 4 Larry Bell, 1972-1981
13 5 Billy Al Bengston, undated
13 6 Fletcher Benton, undated
13 7 Michael Brewster, photographs by Jan Butterfield, 1981
Negatives and prints
13 8 Michael Brewster, 1972-1979
13 9 Joan Brown, 1974-1978
13 10 Judy Chicago, 1979
13 11 Ron Cooper, 1972-1973
13 12 Mary Corse, 1967-1968
13 13 Eric de la Cova, 1984-1988
13 14-17 Leonard Cutrow, 1960-1988
13 18 Ron Davis, photograph by Jan Butterfield, circa 1974-1975
13 19 Richard Diebenkorn, 1975, 1981
13 20-22 Guy Dill, 1970-1991
13 23 Toni Dove, 1988-1989
13 24 Tom Eatherton, 1991
13 25 Jules Engel, undated
13 26 Peter Erskine, 1991
13 27 Joe Fay, 1988-1990
13 28 Lorser Feitelson, 1980, undated
13 29 Oskar Fischinger, 1976
13 30 Roy Fowler, 1985-1988
13 31 Hans Frabel, undated
13 32 Sam Francis, 1976
13 33 David Furman, 1989
Box Folder
14 1 Paul Georges, 1978-1988
14 2 Philip Guston, circa 1979
14 3 Helen and Newton Harrision, Installation View, 1977
14 4 Robert Hudson, 1979-1988
14 5 Malou Flato, 1989
14 Robert Irwin
14 6 Photographs by Jan Butterfield
Negatives, contact sheets, and prints.
14 7 Slides and Transparencies, 1975-1992
14 8 Prints, 1971-1985
14 9 Dean Johnson, 1983-1989
14 10 Eric Johnson, 1990-1994
14 11 Marcia King, 1984-1989
14 12 Peter Krasnow, 1976, undated
14 13 Anne Labriola, circa 1991
14 14 Rico Lebrun, undated
14 15 Helen Lundberg, circa 1975, undated
14 16 Mary Malott, 1986
14 17 John McLaughlin, 1977, undated
14 18 Ed Moses, 1970
14 19 Bruce Nauman, 1970-1973
14 20 Maria Nordman, 1973-1976
14 21 Eric Orr, 1983
14 22 Helen Pashgian, undated
14 23 Agnes Pelton, undated
14 24 Edward Ruscha, photograph by Jan Butterfield, circa 1970
14 25 Richard Shaw, 1987-1988
14 26 Henriette Stone, undated
14 27 Inez Storer, 1987-1988
14 28 Sarah Tamor, 1991
14 29-31 Hap Tivey, circa 1974-1990
14 32 James Turrell, 1967-1991
14 33 Doug Wheeler, circa 1981
14 34 DeWain Valentine, 1968-1989
14 35 Susan Kaiser Vogel, 1977-1991
14 36 Peter Voulkos, circa 1958
14 37 Elyn Zimmerman, 1980-1981
14 38 Artist Unidentified, circa 1980s-1990s
14 Exhibitions
14 39 "A Time and Place," (1991) Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991
14 40 "Expressionist Utopia," (1993), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1993-1994
Also contains press release.
14 41 Mary Miss and Roland Reiss, Mount Saint Mary's College, 1980
Box Folder
16 7 Oversized Photographs, Works of Art, Susan Kaiser Vogel
Oversized material from Box 14, folder 35.

Series 7: Sound and Video Recordings, 1987-1997
0.4 Linear feet; Box 15

This series contains 4 videocassettes (VHS) and 1 sound cassette with art-related recordings. Videos include The Painter Sam Francis (1992); Breathing Light (circa 1988), about a work of the same title by Peter Erskine; documentation of three multimedia installations by Judit Hersko including Zurbaran Bewitched, Witch-hunt, and Black Forest Requiem, and a documentation of performances and experiments with light entitled Light Dance by Seth Riskin (1987-1995). The sound cassette is an acoustiguide for the 1990 Edward Ruscha exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. A single unlabeled cassette containing what appears to be a band rehearsal is also found.

Most of the sound recordings in the collection are found in series 1, Interviews and Lectures. Additional audio recordings are found in series 3, Project Files. Additional video recordings are found in the Publicity subseries of series 2, Writings, and in the correspondence subseries of series 3, Personal Business Records.

Box Folder
15 1 Light Dance, 1987-1995
1 Videocassette (VHS)
15 2 Breathing Light, circa 1988
1 Videocassette (VHS)
15 3 The Painter Sam Francis, 1992
1 Videocassette (VHS)
15 4 Judit Hersko Installations, circa 1997
1 Videocassette (VHS)
15 5 Edward Ruscha Acoustiguide, 1990
1 Sound cassette
15 6 Unidentified Musical Recording, undated
1 Sound cassette