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

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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, 1970, 1946-1959
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.
Description Container
Return of German-Owned Art Stored at the National Gallery, 1970, 1946-1959
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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.
Description Container
Vienna Art Treasures Exhibition, 1949-1950
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Berkshire Art Association, 1954-1981
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College Museum Traveling Project: Oberlin Project, 1955-1957
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 4.
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Carnegie International Exhibition, circa 1958
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 5.
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Council for a Television Course in the Humanities for Secondary Schools, Inc., circa 1960
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Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 27 , 1955-1957
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Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 28, circa 1958
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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.
Description Container
Advertising, 1938-1948
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 6.
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American Sculpture, 1923-1951
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 7.
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Automobiles, circa 1933
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Baroque, 1938-1970
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 8.
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English Painting, 1936-1973
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Forgeries, 1924-1940
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French Painting, 1962-1977, 1932
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German and French Sculpture, 1936-1948, 1978
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H.H. Richardson Architecture in U.S.A., circa 1949
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Housing, 1939-1940
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 9.
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Industrial Art, 1936-1940
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Movies, circa 1930
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Poster Designs, 1942, 1937
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Spanish Paintings, 1937, 1930
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U.S.A. 19th Century Painting, 1935-1947, 1977
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U.S.A. 20th Century Architecture, 1971, circa 1931-circa 1953
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 10.
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Urban Planning, 1940, 1931
Oversized material housed in Box 7, Folder 11.
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Oversized Advertisements from Magazines from Box 3, Folder 30 , 1938-1948
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Oversized News Clippings and Images from Box 3, Folder 31, 1923-1951
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Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 33, 1938-1970
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Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 39, 1939-1940
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Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 45, circa 1931-circa 1953, 1971
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Oversized News Clippings from Box 3, Folder 46 , 1940, 1931
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