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Oral history interview with Deborah Butterfield, 2008 September 13-October 7

Butterfield, Deborah, 1949-



Collection Information

Size: 60 Pages Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 48 min.

Summary: An interview of Deborah Butterfield conducted 2008 September 13-October 7, by Lynn R. Matteson, for the Archives of American Art's Stoddard-Fleischman History of Rocky Mountain Area Artists oral history project, at Butterfield's home, in Bozeman, Montana.
Deborah Butterfield and Lynn R. Matteson discuss the artist's early childhood, love of horses, her horse ranch, life in Montana, teaching at University of Wisconsin, Madison, martial arts, and her family.

Biographical/Historical Note

Deborah Butterfield (1949- ) is a sculptor in Bozeman, Montana and Hawaii.


This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.


Funding for this interview was provided by the Stoddard-Fleischman Fund for the History of Rocky Mountain Area Artists. Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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