Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane), 1907-2006

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S. Lane Faison (1907-2006) was an art historian of Williamstown, Mass.

From the description of Oral history interview with S. Lane Faison, 1981 Dec. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 710018659

S. Lane (Samson Lane) Faison, Jr., born Washington, D.C. 16 November 1907; died Williamstown, Mass. 11 November 2006; Williams College Class of 1929; member of the Williams College Art Department, 1936-1976, chair of the Department, 1940-1970; Director of the Williams College Museum of Art, 1948-1976. Faison, with William Pierson and Whitney Stoddard, played an instrumental role in the shaping of an Art Department at Williams, which would go on to produce what is referred to as the "Williams Art Mafia", a select group of Williams graduates from the '60s and '70s who make up a disproportionately large part of the nation's art powers. A visit to Chartres Cathedral after high school sparked Faison's interest in art history; at Williams, he took one of Karl Weston's art courses as a sophomore. As Williams did not offer an art major at that time, Faison graduated as a Philosophy major but went on to study Art History at Harvard, where he got his M.A.; he received his M.F.A. from Princeton. Faison taught at Yale in the graduate program for four years as a Medieval art specialist but left to accept a position teaching at his alma mater, fulfilling his deep desire to teach undergraduates, an opportunity offered him by Williams but which Yale would not provide. Faison taught at Williams for forty years, save during World War II, when he enlisted in the Navy. He transferred later to the Office of Strategic Services Art Looting Investigation Unit. During his long tenure at the College, Faison helped establish the Art History major and create an actual Art Department. He was an innovative instructor, instrumental in Williams' unprecedented move of incorporating studio experience into the major. His professorship went hand in hand with his directorship of the museum (an unsalaried position) as he envisioned WCMA as a teaching museum, enabling students to learn not just from slides, but from real art works. He had his own book review column in "The nation" and "The Saturday evening review", contributed to various magazines and journals, wrote regularly for "The Berkshire eagle", published books for both the layman and the scholar, and served as a consultant.

From the description of Papers, 1926-2003. (Williams College). WorldCat record id: 299602075

Samson Lane Faison (b. Nov. 29, 1860, North Carolina-d. Oct. 17, 1940), Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, graduated from West Point in 1883 and later served in the Philippines. During World War I, he was commander of the 60th Infantry Brigade and the 30th Division, participating in several key offensives.

From the description of Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane), 1907- (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10582654

Art historian; Williamstown, Mass.

From the description of S. Lane Faison interview, 1981 Dec. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220182386

S. Lane Faison, 1907-, art historian of Williamstown, Mass.

From the description of Oral history interview with S. Lane Faison, 1981 Dec. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646397054

Art historian. Educated at Williams, Harvard, and Princeton. Director of the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Mass. b. 1907. d. 2006.

From the description of S. Lane Faison papers, 1928-1981. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122389743

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Cándida Smith, Richard. Interviews with art historians, 1991-2002. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Baur, John I. H. (John Ireland Howe), 1909-1987,. Oral history interview with John I.H. Baur, 1970 Jan. 22-Feb. 19 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Historical Films. 1914 - 1936. THE 30TH DIVISION IN THE QUERRIEN AREA, OCTOBER 23 - NOVEMBER 19, 1918
creatorOf Williams College. Letters, 1946-1974, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Brooke, David S. Records and Papers of David Brooke, Director, 1975-1996. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn Baur, Max. Study photographs and clippings of German architecture [graphic] : Faison Postcard Collection. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn Coolidge, John, 1913-1995. Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006. Harvard University Art Museum
creatorOf FAISON, S. LANE (Samson Lane), 1907-. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Thomas Carr Howe papers, 1932-1984 Archives of American Art
creatorOf University of Virginia. Papers of the Page-Barbour and Richard Lecture Committees, 1935-1981, (bulk 1952-1974). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane), 1907-2006. Papers, 1926-2003. Williams College, Sawyer Library
creatorOf Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. Sterling and Francine Clark Papers: Correspondence Series, 1901-1957 (bulk 1923-1956). Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn Levin, Harry. Harry Levin Papers. 1920-1995. Houghton Library
creatorOf Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Public Relations Office Records of Members' Trips and Events, 1979-1996. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane), 1907. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1959. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane), 1907-. Oral history interview with S. Lane Faison, 1981 Dec. 14. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Interviews with art historians, 1991-2002 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Baur, John I. H. (John Ireland Howe), 1909-1987. John I. H. Baur interviews, 1970 Jan. 22-Feb. 19. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Historical Films. 1914 - 1936. TRAINING IN FLANDERS AND YPRES-LYS OPERATION, MAY 24 TO SEPTEMBER 3, 1918, 30TH DIVISION
creatorOf Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane), 1907-. Papers, 1945-1986. National Gallery of Art Library
creatorOf Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane), 1907-. S. Lane Faison interview, 1981 Dec. 14. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library. Library Collection of Study Photographs and Clippings, ca. 1930-2000. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Catherine Viviano Gallery. Catherine Viviano Gallery records, 1930-1990, bulk 1949-1978. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane), 1907-2006. Oral history interview with S. Lane Faison, 1981 Dec. 14. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane), 1907-2006. S. Lane Faison papers, 1928-1981. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Held, Julius Samuel, 1905-. Interviews with art historians, 1991-2002. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Institutional Oral Histories, 1978-1999 (bulk 1998-1999) Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library. Library Collection of Study Photographs and Clippings, ca. 1930-2000. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn Catherine Viviano Gallery records, 1930-1990, bulk 1949-1978. Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Baur, John I. H. (John Ireland Howe), 1909-1987, person
associatedWith Brooke, David S. person
associatedWith Brown, Robert F. person
associatedWith Catherine Viviano corporateBody
associatedWith Catherine Viviano Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. person
associatedWith College Art Association of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995. person
associatedWith Getty Research Institute corporateBody
associatedWith Howe, Thomas Carr person
associatedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
associatedWith Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Virginia. corporateBody
associatedWith Williams College. corporateBody
associatedWith Williams College. Dept. of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Williams College. Museum of Art. corporateBody
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Massachusetts
Massachusetts--Williamstown
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Europe
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Art historians--Interviews
World War, 1939-1945--Art and the war
Art--Exhibitions--Reviews
Art historians
Cultural property, Protection of
Art museums--Directories
Art--Study and teaching
Art and war
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Birth 1907-11-16

Death 2006-11-11

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