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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the S. Lane Faison papers, 1922-1981, bulk 1950-1976

S. Lane Faison papers, 1922-1981, bulk 1950-1976

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Series 1: Correspondence, 1949-1979
0.1 linear feet
6 folders

Scattered correspondence is with friends and colleagues about events, classes, lectures and various topics of art history. Most were written during Faison's tenure at Williams College. Several letters are related to the publication of Faison's book the
Handbook of a Collection: Williams College Museum of Art
.
Correspondents with three or more letters have named separate folders. Correspondents with fewer than three letters are arranged chronologically and grouped together in one folder at the end of the subseries.
DescriptionContainer
Fox, Milton S., 1951-1960
1
1
Klitzke, Theodore E., 1957
1
2
de Montebello, Phillipe, 1973
1
3
Smith, Gordon M., 1949, 1957
1
4
Smith, Lawrence M.C., 1949-1950
1
5
Chronological Correspondence, 1949-1979
1
6

Series 2: Writings, 1928-1979
1.7 linear feet
Box 1-2, 7

Faison's writings date from his days as a student and continue through his career as a professor. Found here are eighteen college notebooks, typescript drafts of lectures and articles, and clippings of published articles. There are also typescript drafts, illustrations and a correction copy of his book
Handbook of the Collection: Williams College Museum of Art
, in addition to a few papers and notes for a book on Manet.
This series is arranged as 5 subseries:
Subseries 2.1: Student Notebooks, 1928-1931
Subseries 2.2: Lecture Notes, 1946-1976
Subseries 2.3: Typescript Drafts, circa 1950-1976
Subseries 2.4: Publications, 1932-1970
Subseries 2.5: Books, circa 1954, 1978-1979
2.1:Student Notebooks, 1928-1931
DescriptionContainer
Honors Work in Art, Vol. I, 1928
1
7
Honors Work in Art, Vol. II, 1929
1
8
Honors Work in Art, Vol. III, 1929
1
9
Fine Arts II, 1929
1
10
Fine Arts 5c, 1929
1
11
Fine Arts 5b: Renaissance Sculpture, 1929-1930
1
12
Fine Arts 5f: British Painting, 1930
1
13
Fine Arts 8a: Theory Design, circa 1930
1
14
Fine Arts 9c, circa 1930
1
15
Fine Arts 15 d: Baroque Architecture, circa 1930
1
16
Classical Archaeology 1a, 1930
1
17
Classical Archaeology 1b: Roman, 1930
1
18
Sculpture of the Cinquecento, 1930-1931
1
19
Art 201, 1930-1931
1
20
Venetian Painting; Development of Medieval Style, 1930-1931
1
21
Hellenistic Art, 1931
1
22
Oriental Art, 1931
2
1
Northern Renaissance, 1931
2
2
2.2:Lecture Notes, 1946-1976
DescriptionContainer
Impressionists, 1946
2
3
German Tour; Sex in U.S. Art; European Trip, circa 1950-1976
2
4
Dutch Art, 1953
2
5
Ideals of American Painting, 1955-1971
2
6
Modern Art: Appearance and Reality, 1957-1968
2
7
Daumier and Corbet, 1959-1960
2
8
Freshman Talk, circa 1960-1976
2
9
Picasso, circa 1964
2
10
2.3:Typescript Drafts, circa 1950-1976, bulk 1956-1961
DescriptionContainer
Transcript for a "Radio Talk on Paul Cezanne", circa 1950-1973
2
11
"The Artist Speaks to His Time", circa 1950-1976
2
12
"Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", 1953, 1957
2
13
"Art, Art History, and the Liberal Arts", 1957
2
14
"Fashions in Learning: The History of Art", 1957
2
15
Dedication of William Hayes Ackland Memorial Art Center, 1958
2
16
Dedication of the Kresge Art Center, 1959
2
17
Dedication of the Colby College Art Center, 1959
2
18
"Education and the Arts", 1960
2
19
"American Paintings: From the Nourishing Roots", 1961
2
20
"Museum Philosophy", 1965
2
21
"MFA Boston: The Rathbone Years", circa 1972
2
22
"George Washington and Gilbert Stuart", 1975
2
23
2.4:Publications, 1932-1970
DescriptionContainer
"Barna and Bartolo di Fredi", 1932
2
24
"A Gothic Processional Cross in the Museo Cristiano", 1935
2
25
"A Gothic Reliquary in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City", 1936
2
26
Book Reviews by Faison, 1940, 1954-1970
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 1.
2
27
The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery
, 1941
2
28
"Survivances et Reveils", 1947
2
29
"Fact and Art in Charles Delmuth", 1950
2
30
"Honore Daumier's Third Class Railway Carriage", circa 1950
2
31
Art in America
foreword, 1954
2
32
Smith College Museum of Art Bulletin, 1954-1955
2
33
Apollo
, December 1968 Issue, 1968
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 2.
2
34
Apollo
, December 1969 Issue, 1969
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 3.
2
35
Oversized Art Bulletin, 1970
Oversized material from Box 2, Folder 27.
7
1
Oversized Apollo Magazine, 1968
Oversized material from Box 2, Folder 34.
7
2
Oversized Apollo Magazine, 1969
Oversized material from Box 2, Folder 35.
7
3
2.5:Books, 1978-1979, circa 1954
Found here are documents concerning two books written by Faison. There is one folder relating to a pocket book edition on Édouard Manet written by Faison. The remaining files are on Faison's
Handbook of the Collection: Williams College Museum of Art
, including three drafts, a compilation of images for publication, and a print edition on which "SLF correction copy" has been written on the cover in ink. None of the drafts for the book are dated. .
DescriptionContainer
Manet Book Notes, circa 1954
2
36
Typescript Draft 1 for
Handbook of the Collection
, 1978
2
37
Typescript Draft 2 for
Handbook of the Collection
, 1978
2
38
Typescript Draft 3 for
Handbook of the Collection
, circa 1978
2
39
Illustrations for
Handbook of the Collection
, circa 1978
2
40
Handbook of the Collection: Williams College Museum of Art
, 1979
2
41

Series 3: Teaching Files, 1935-1976
0.7 linear feet
Box 2-3

Teaching files consist of course files and syllabi for classes Faison taught at Williams College. Files contain handwritten notes for lectures, copies of assignments and exam questions, and some miscellaneous printed materials such as images of art, news clippings and articles for reference.
This series is arranged as 2 subseries:
Subseries 3.1: Course Files, 1935-1976
Subseries 3.2: Syllabi, circa 1950-1976
This series is arranged chronologically.
3.1:Course Files, 1935-1976
DescriptionContainer
Art 2, 1936-circa 1943
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42
Art 2, circa 1950
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43
Art 2, circa 1951
2
44
Art 2, circa 1953-1960
2
45
Art 3 - Art 4, circa 1940-1950
2
46
Art 3 - Art 4, circa 1940-1950
2
47
Art 3 - Art 4, circa 1941-1958
2
48
Art 3 - Art 4, circa 1941-1958
3
1
English - Fine Arts 15-16, circa 1935 -1940
3
2
English 1-2, circa 1937
3
3
Art History Charts, 1940-1976
3
4
History 301, circa 1940-1970
3
5
Art 401, circa 1940-1970
3
6
History 1A-2A, 1949-1951
3
7
Art 6, circa 1950-1976
3
8
Lists of Slides Used for Lectures, circa 1965
3
9
Art 402, 1970
3
10
3.2:Syllabi, circa 1950-1976
DescriptionContainer
Humanities B - Fine Arts, circa 1950-1976
3
11
Art 1, 1954-1960
3
12
Art 3, circa 1955-1960
3
13
Art 4 and Fine Arts S-170: Modern Painting, circa 1955
3
14
English 20, 1955
3
15
Art 303, circa 1960-1970
3
16
Art 201, 1961
3
17
Art 7, circa 1961-1975
3
18
Art 552, circa 1961-1975
3
19
Art 304, circa 1964-1971
3
20
Art 363 and Art 263: Nineteenth Century Painting and Sculpture, 1971-1975
3
21
Art 374, formerly Art 304, circa 1973
3
22

Series 4: Subject Files, 1923-1981
0.6 linear feet
Box 3, 7

Subject files contain miscellaneous documents related to Faison's World War II activities and work, special projects and exhibitions, and general research or topics of interest.
This series is arranged as 3 subseries:
Subseries 4.1: Monuments Men, 1946-1959, 1970
Subseries 4.2: Projects & Exhibitions, 1949-1981
Subseries 4.3: Research Files, 1923-1978
All the subseries are arranged chronologically, except for research files which are arranged alphabetically.
4.1:Monuments Men, 1946-1959, 1970
There are only two folders of papers documenting Faison's World War II work in the Art Looting Investigation Unit and related activities. There are documents related to a controversy regarding the shipment to Washington, D.C. of 202 recovered paintings stolen by the Nazis from Berlin museums. The shipment was protested by many prominent art historians, including Faison, who signed a petitition to stop the shipment. The folder includes a press release about the controversy, a list of signers of the resolution, a section of a U.S. State Department bulletin about the return of the paintings, and a few news clippings. The second folder in this subseries contains black and white photographs of what appears to be art looted from the Naples National Gallery by the Nazis for Hermann Göring's personal art collection.
DescriptionContainer
Return of German-Owned Art Stored at the National Gallery, 1946-1959, 1970
3
23
Art from Naples National Museum, circa 1950
These photographs were originally in an envelope that contained a note: "Hitler Coll. Goering: Karinhall." This likely indicates that the photographs depict items stolen from the Naples National Museum by Hermann Göring for his personal art collection at his Karinhall residence. One photo IT 42 appears to be missing from the set, but there is an index card with the following annotation that describes what was shown in the photograph: "IT 42 Jewelry: 2 rugs, a chair, Naples Natl. Gallery."
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4.2:Projects & Exhibitions, 1949-1981
Found here are project and exhibition files containing brochures, news clippings, articles, reports, and other assorted materials. There is a file on a television course on the humanities; collaborations with organizations such as the Berkshire Arts Association of which he was a member; and exhibitions he organized, including the Oberlin Project for which Faison was on the planning committee. The Oberlin Project was an exhibition of college-owned art that toured Europe. The Oberlin Project folder includes a few letters from Charles Parkhurst - professor at Oberlin College, Ohio, director of the college museum, and a fellow Monuments Man.
DescriptionContainer
Vienna Art Treasures Exhibition, 1949-1950
3
25
Berkshire Art Association, 1954-1981
3
26
College Museum Traveling Project: Oberlin Project, 1955-1957
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 4.
3
27
Carnegie International Exhibition, circa 1958
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 5.
3
28
Council for a Television Course in the Humanities for Secondary Schools, Inc., circa 1960
3
29
Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 27, 1955-1957
7
4
Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 28, circa 1958
7
5
4.3:Research Files, 1923-1978
Faison's research files cover a variety of subjects. Most of the folders are related to art, but there are also folders on automobiles, housing, advertising, and many other topics. The files contain clippings, pamphlets, articles, and a few photographs.
DescriptionContainer
Advertising, 1938-1948
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 6.
3
30
American Sculpture, 1923-1951
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 7.
3
31
Automobiles, circa 1933
3
32
Baroque, 1938-1970
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 8.
3
33
English Painting, 1936-1973
3
34
Forgeries, 1924-1940
3
35
French Painting, 1932, 1962-1977
3
36
German and French Sculpture, 1936-1948, 1978
3
37
H.H. Richardson Architecture in U.S.A., circa 1949
3
38
Housing, 1939-1940
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 9.
3
39
Industrial Art, 1936-1940
3
40
Movies, circa 1930
3
41
Poster Designs, 1937, 1942
3
42
Spanish Paintings, 1930, 1937
3
43
U.S.A. 19th Century Painting, 1935-1947, 1977
3
44
U.S.A. 20th Century Architecture, 1971, circa 1931-circa 1953
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 10.
3
45
Urban Planning, 1931, 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 11.
3
46
Oversized Advertisements from Magazines from Box 3, Folder 30, 1938-1948
7
6
Oversized News Clippings and Images from Box 3, Folder 31, 1923-1951
7
7
Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 33, 1938-1970
7
8
Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 39, 1939-1940
7
9
Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 45, 1971, circa 1931-circa 1953
7
10
Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 46, 1931, 1940
7
11

Series 5: Artists Files, 1922-1976
1.5 linear feet
Box 3-5, 7

Artists reference files contain images of art, news clippings, articles and other assorted materials Faison collected for teaching and research.
DescriptionContainer
Archipenko, Alexandre, circa 1940-1976
3
47
Arp, Jean, 1934-1954
3
48
Barnard, George Grey, 1935, 1938
3
49
Barye, circa 1936
3
50
Blake, William, 1934-1957
4
1
Bonington, Richard Parkes, circa 1937
4
2
Boudin, Eugene, 1933, 1950, 1972
4
3
Bourdelle, Emile Antoine, 1931-1938
4
4
Brancusi, Constantin, 1950-1967
4
5
Butler, Reg, 1957, 1959
4
6
Calder, Alexander, 1952-1974
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 12.
4
7
Callery, Mary, 1950, 1952
4
8
Canova, Antonio, 1940-1976
4
9
Carpeaux, Jean Baptiste, circa 1958-circa 1966
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 13.
4
10
Cassatt, Mary, circa 1940-1976
4
11
Cezanne, Paul, 1920-1973
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 14.
4
12
Constable, John, 1936-1963
4
13
Corot, J.B.C., circa 1930-1965
4
14
Couture, Thomas, circa 1930-1970
4
15
Daumier, Honore Victorin, 1930, 1951-1970
4
16
David, Jacques Louis, 1971, circa 1930-1940
4
17
Davidson, Jo, circa 1948
4
18
Degas, Edgar, 1934-1976
4
19
Delacroix, Eugene, 1930-1972
4
20
Despiau, Charles, circa 1940
4
21
Dispirito, Henry, circa 1940-1976
4
22
Eakins, Thomas, circa 1931-1976
4
23
Ensor, James, circa 1957
4
24
Epstein, Jacob, circa 1938-1959
4
25
Forain, Jean Louis, circa 1956
4
26
Gauguin, Paul, 1933-1970
4
27
Gavarini, Paul, 1949-1954
4
28
Gericault, Theodore, 1934-1971
4
29
Giacometti, Alberto, 1955-1971
4
30
Gill, Eric, circa 1938
4
31
Greenbaum, Dorothea, circa 1939
4
32
Gros, circa 1963
4
33
Guys, Constantin, circa 1950-1960
4
34
Harnett, William, 1971-1972
4
35
Horwitt, Will, circa 1969
4
36
Houdon, Jean-Antoine, 1938-1964
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 15.
4
37
Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique, circa 1950-1973
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 16.
4
38
Jongkind, Johann B., circa 1970-1976
4
39
de La Tour, M. Quentin, circa 1930-1970
4
40
Lachaise, Gaston, circa 1964-circa 1974
4
41
Lassaw, Ibram, 1952, 1954
4
42
Laurens, Henri, circa 1937
4
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Lawrence, Thomas, circa 1940-1970
4
44
Lawrie, Lee, circa 1932-1938
4
45
Le Nain, circa 1940-1970
4
46
Lehmbruck, Wilhelm, circa 1974
4
47
Liberman, Alexander, circa 1971
4
48
Lipton, Seymour, circa 1956
4
49
Macmonnies, Frederick, circa 1922-1936
4
50
Maillol, Aristide, 1929-1941, circa 1971
4
51
Manet, Edouard, 1949-1957, 1972
4
52
Manship, Paul, circa 1937, circa 1951
4
53
Marini, Marino, 1950, 1956
4
54
Mestrovic, Ivan, circa 1930-1970
4
55
Milles, Carl, 1936-1939
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 17.
4
56
Millet, J.F., circa 1913, circa 1963
4
57
Monet, Claude, 1949-1975
4
58
Moore, Henry, 1940-1971
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 18.
4
59
Morisot, Berthe, circa 1970
4
60
Munch, Edvard, 1950-1973
4
61
Pissarro, Lucien, 1964-1973
4
62
Prud'Hon, circa 1940-1970
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 17.
4
63
Puvis De Chavannes, Pierre, circa 1940-1970
4
64
Redon, Odillon, circa 1972
4
65
Renoir, Pierre Auguste, 1929-1973
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 19.
5
1
Rodin, Auguste, circa 1955-1973
5
2
Rousseau, Henri, 1945-1949
5
3
Rousseau, Theodore, circa 1963
5
4
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, circa 1937
5
5
Sargent, John Singer, circa 1938-1964
5
6
Seurat, Georges, circa 1957-1971
5
7
Sisley, Alfred, circa 1966
5
8
Signac, Paul, circa 1955
5
9
Toulouse-Lautrec, 1938-1958
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 20.
5
10
Turner, J.M.W., circa 1950-1974
5
11
Van Gogh, Vincent, circa 1935-1971
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 21.
5
12
Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, circa 1933-1972
5
13
Zorach, William, circa 1938
5
14
Oversized News Clippings from Box 4, Folder 7, 1952-1974
7
12
Oversized Exhibition Catalog from Box 4, Folder 10, circa 1958-circa 1966
7
13
Oversized News Clippings from Box 4, Folder 12, 1920-1973
7
14
Oversized News Clippings from Box 4, Folder 37, 1938-1964
7
15
Oversized News Clippings from Box 4, Folder 38, circa 1950-1973
7
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Oversized News Clippings from Box 4, Folder 56, 1936-1939
7
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Oversized Exhibition Catalogues from Box 4, Folder 59, 1940-1971
7
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Oversized Article from Box 5, Folder 1, 1929-1973
7
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Oversized Articles from Box 5, Folder 10, 1938-1958
7
20
Oversized Magazine and Articles from Box 5, Folder 12, circa 1935-1971
7
21

Series 6: Printed Materials, circa 1935-1980
0.5 linear feet
Box 6, 7

Printed materials consist of exhibition catalogs, bulletins, reports, news clippings, press releases, magazines and other miscellaneous printed matter.
There is a copy of the
Report on the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard University
which examined the role of the arts in the curriculum. The report was by the Harvard Committee, whose chair was philanthropist and later Smithsonian regent John Nicholas Brown and the executive secretary was Faison. During World War II, President Roosevelt appointed Brown to General Eisenhower's staff as Special Cultural Advisor and the civilian head of the Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives Section. Brown also argued against the removal of German-owned artworks to the United States in 1945.
DescriptionContainer
Exhibition Catalogs, 1937, 1955-1972
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1
Exhibition Catalogs, Williams College, 1954-1976
6
2
Museum Bulletins, 1940, 1966-1974
6
3
Williams College Bulletins, 1961
6
4
Museum of Modern Art Annual Report, 1939-1940
6
5
Report of the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard University, 1956
6
6
News Clippings: World War II, 1946
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 22.
6
7
News Clippings written by Faison, 1955-1959
6
8
News Clippings, 1956-1982
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 23.
6
9
Press Releases, 1959-1974
6
10
Williams College Alumni Review Magazine, 1976
6
11
Miscellaneous, circa 1937-1971
6
12
Undated Miscellaneous, circa 1935-1980
6
13
Oversized News Clippings from Box 6, Folder 7, 1946
7
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Oversized News Clippings from Box 6, Folder 9, 1982
7
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