The Judd Foundation tour continued after lunch with a visit to the Donald Judd Archives. Caitlin Murray, Archivist and Assistant Manager, Marfa Operations, provided an interesting account of the evolution of the archives, which are securely held in the bank building’s vault.
Where Judd’s library hangs in situ as an installation and memorial to his research and personal interests, Judd’s archive stands testament as evolving evidence of his creative processes and relationships and personal life through the visual and textural documents he produced and collected along the way.
Discussion included Caitlin’s current processing work, generously funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, and future plans in providing service to the currently closed collection. Unlike Judd’s library, the archive is expected to continue to grow with new material, including an upcoming accession of architectural records.
Current issues in the archival world came up, including the new Encoded Archival Context (EAC-CPF) standard. EAC is expected to turn the approach to research inside out through the exchange of information about individuals, families, and organizations. This standard results in established records with opportunities to link the relationships of "creators"- such as Donald Judd- to the many people he collaborated with. For more information see the Encoded Archival Context Activities page.
We also touched upon the ArchiveGrid, a significant reference tool for archival research recently made freely available to the public. It provides word wide access to millions of finding aids to archival collections.
Caitlin is doing a terrific job of stewardship with the Judd Archive. It was great to see how much work has occurred in preservation and access since our last visit. Scholarship is bound to flourish once the archival finding aid is published online and the archive is opened to research. Enjoy updates to her work here.
Submitted by Beth Dodd