Alexander Coburn Soper Typescript

Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A1990.05
Creators:
Soper, Alexander Coburn, 1904-1993
Dates:
1977-1992
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Offprints of articles by Sherwood F. Moran compiled by Alexander Coburn Soper, accompanied by photographs, a reproduction, and Soper's introduction typescript, assembled in preparation for an unpublished book of Moran' writing entitled "Studies in Japanese Art Treasures."

Arrangement
Arrangement
Organized in 3 boxes: 2 boxes contain files from 1977-1992 regarding Artibus Asiae. 1 box houses an introduction to the typescript, Moran's offprints, photos.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Alexander Coburn Soper was a preeminent professor and historian of Asian art, concentrating primarily on Japanese and Chinese architecture, Chinese art from the Tang through the Northern Sung period, Gandharan Indian art, and Buddhist and secular art of the Six Dynasties period. Published widely, he became the editor of the journal Artisbus Asiae in 1958. Over the course of his life he was active in the American Oriental Society, the Japan Society, and the Association for Asian Studies. He was a professor of Art History at Bryn Mawr and the Institute of Fine Arts in New York.
Biographical / Historical
Sherwood Ford Moran (1885-1983) was a missionary, social worker, Marine, World War II PoW interrogator, and Asian art scholar. He studied Union Theological Seminary in New York and was then enlisted for work initially in India, but rerouted to Japan in 1917, mostly in the area of Osaka, remaining there until the entry of the United States in World War II in 194. During the war, he was an active Marine and a PoW interrogator at Guadacanal. He became extremely interested in Chinese and Japanese Buddhist art, publishing several articles in Artibus Asiae.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1990.05

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Donated by Alexander C. Soper, 1991.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Art, Chinese Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, Japanese Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Moran, Sherwood E., 1885-1983 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu
https://www.freersackler.si.edu/research/archives/