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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997

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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
  • 3.2. Waterfront Project Photographs and Sound Recordings
  • 3.3. Lapis Press
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.
Description Container
Artist Biogrpahies, Galley Proof, circa 1991
8
21-22
Glossary, Typescript, 1991
8
23
Interviews, circa 1990
9 sound cassettes (microcassette)
  • John Millei
  • Sam Maloof
  • David Ireland
  • Ron Cooper
  • Ron Cooper
    (continued)
  • Lita Albuquerque
  • Gus Foster
  • David Kimball Anderson
  • Robert Arneson
  • Unidentified sculptor
  • David Pearson
  • Louis Pearson
  • Louis Pearson
    (continued)
  • Guy Dill
  • Laddie Dill
  • James Morris
  • Howard Buchwald
  • Dean Johnson
  • Ann Adair
  • Add Adair
    (continued)
  • Tom Marioni
  • James Linnehan
  • Annette McCormick
  • Tim Mather
  • 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
  • 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
  • Inez Storer
  • Jean Lowe
  • Eleane Grove
  • Andrew Ginzel
  • Kristen Jones
  • Charles Arnoldi
  • Charles Arnoldi
    (continued)
  • Fran Martin
  • Paul Sarkisian
  • Carol Sarkisian
  • Steven Beye
8
24-26
Artist Files
Mark Abildgaard, 1990
8
27
Ann Adair, 1990
8
28
Edward Allington, 1987-1989
8
29
David Anderson, 1989
8
30
Adrian Arleo, 1987-1988
8
31
Richard Artschwager, 1986-1988
8
32
Bill Barrell, 1982-1985
8
33
Joel Bass, 1986-1987
8
34
Bennett Bean, 1988-1989
8
35
Howard Ben Tre, 1987-1988
8
36
Roger Berry, 1980-1989
8
37
Derek Boshier, 1988-1990
8
38
Nick Boskovich, 1985-1990
9
1
Robert Brady, 1976-1989
9
2
Karen Breschi, 1987-1989
9
3
Howard Buchwald, 1975-1989
9
4
John Buck, 1987-1988
9
5
Peter Campus, 1981-1989
9
6
Dale Chihuly, 1981-1989
9
7
Annette Corcoran, 1984-1989
9
8
Philip Cornelius, 1988-1990
9
9
Ron Davis, 1976-1989
9
10
Constance De Jong, 1989
9
11
Tony DeLap, 1963-1986
9
12
Rosaline Delisle, 1987-1989
9
13
Richard Deutsch, 1988
9
14
Joseph DiGiorgio, circa 1990
9
15
Guy Dill, 1983
9
16
Ruth Duckworth, 1982-1989
9
17
Ibsen Espada, 1989
9
18
Ned Evans, 1989
9
19
Gretschen Ewart, 1989
9
20
Kenneth Ferguson, 1979-1988
9
21
Gus Foster, 1989
9
22
Connie Fox, 1986-1990
9
23
Hermine Freed, 1980
9
24
David Gilhooly, 1989
9
25
Norma Glasser, 1987
9
26
Larry Gray, 1988-1990
9
27
Red Grooms, 1987-1989
9
28
Eaine Grove, 1990
9
29
Al Held, 1989
9
30
Tom Holland, 1974-1988
9
31
John Hull, 1987-1989
9
32
Jim Huntington, 1986-1989
9
33
Phillis Ideal, 1989
9
34
Dean Johnson, 1986-1989
9
35
Kristin Jones, 1986-1989
9
36
William King, 1989
9
37
Jeff Koons, 1989
9
38
Arva Leodas, 1985-1989
9
39
Dennis Leon, 1977-1990
9
40
Marilyn Levine, 1986
9
41
Sol LeWitt, 1986-1989
9
42
James Linnehan, 1990
9
43
Jean Lowe, 1988-1989
9
44
Gregory Mahoney, 1987-1988
9
45
Sam Maloof, circa 1990
9
46
Tom Marioni, 1974-1990
9
47
Fran Martin, 1989
9
48
Tim Mather, 1988-1990
9
49
David McClear, 1987-1989
9
50
Annette McCormick, 1986-1990
9
51
John Millei, 1989
9
52
Skip Miller, 1990
9
53
Keith Milow, 1982-1990
9
54
Mike Moran, 1987-1989
9
55
Jesús Bautista Moroles, 1989
9
56
James Morris, 1989
9
57
Jay Musler, 1990
9
58
Ronna Neuenschwander, 1987-1990
9
59
John Nygren, 1990
9
60
Eric Orr, 1980-1989
9
61
Shauna Peck, 1987-1989
9
62
Jeff Perone, 1990
9
63
Judy Pfaff, 1986-1989
9
64
Zizi Raymond, 1989
9
65
John Register, circa 1989
9
66
Frank Romero, 1984-1989
9
67
James Rosenquist, 1989
9
68
Carol Sarkisian, 1988-1990
9
69
Paul Sarkisian, 1982-1987
9
70
Adrian Saxe, 1985-1990
9
71
Italo Scanga, 1989-1990
9
72
Sean Scully, 1989
9
73
Richard Shaw, 1988-1990
9
74
Peter Shire, 1989
9
75
Marion Stiebel, 1988-1990
9
76
Sandy Skogland, 1981-1989
9
77
David Smith, 1988-1990
9
78
Pat Steir, 1989
9
79
Inez Storer, 1987-1990
9
80
Roger Sweet, circa 1990
9
81
Yoshio Taylor, 1982-1990
9
82
Gillian Theobald, 1988-1989
9
83
Gwen Thomas, 1986-1989
9
84
John Torreano, 1990
9
85
Leo Valledor, 1985
9
86
Peter Voulkos, 1975-1990
Oversized material moved to box 16, folder 2.
9
87
Peter Waite, 1987-1988
9
88
Roscoe West, 1976-1989
9
89
Margaret Wharton, 1981-1987
9
90
Sheila Wolk, 1987
9
91
Elizabeth Woodman, 1978-1988
9
92
Oversized material from
The Art Collection of Pacific Enterprises
, Artist Files, Peter Voulkos
Oversized material from Box 9, folder 87.
16
2
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.
Description Container
Photographs, circa 1976-1978
10
1-2
Sound Recordings
10
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
3
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
4
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
10
5
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.
Description Container
Catalog, circa 1986
10
6
Lapis Jokes, circa 1984-1988
10
7
Interviews Related to
Soul and Body
by C.A. Meier, circa 1986
2 sound cassettes
10
8
Photographs
Birthday
by Dorothea Tanning, circa 1986
Copy negatives
10
9
Whitman's Wild Children
by Neeli Cherkovski , circa 1950-1986
Oversized material moved to Box 16, folder 2.
10
10-11
Unidentified Event, 1988
10
12
Publicity, 1984-1985
10
13
Oversized Materials from Lapis Press Records, Photographs,
Whitman's Wild Children
Oversized material from Box 10, folder 10.
16
2

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