Alexander Coburn Soper Typescript

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At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Soper, Alexander Coburn, 1904-1993
  • Dates

  • Physical Description

    2 Linear feet
  • Collection ID


  • 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Soper, accompanied by photographs, a reproduction, and Soper's introduction typescript, assembled in preparation for an unpublished book of Moran' writing entitled "Studies in Japanese Art Treasures."
  • 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.
    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

    FSA A1990.05
  • Donor

    Soper, Alexander Coburn, 1904-1993
  • Names

    Moran, Sherwood E., 1885-1983
  • Place

    New York (N.Y.)
    USA -- New York -- New York
  • Occupation

    Art historians
  • Topic

    Art, Chinese
    Art, Japanese
  • Custodial History

    Donated by Alexander C. Soper, 1991.
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Personal papers
  • Citation

    Alexander Coburn Soper Typescript. FSA.A1990.05. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
  • Genre/Form

    Photographs -- 1950-2000
    Personal papers -- 1950-2000
  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013