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The National Archives plans to hold a press conference Monday to unveil the personal diary of S. Lane Faison Jr., a highly respected Williams College professor and art historian who documented Adolf Hitler’s looted art collection.

The diary was donated by the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a nonprofit that was created to honor the legacy of those who protected monuments and other cultural treasures during World War II, officials said in a press release.

Among those scheduled to attend the press conference is Robert M. Edsel, who started the foundation and wrote “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” a book that was later adapted into a movie starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Bill Murray.  

Faison was something of a legend at Williams College, where he taught for 40 years. After being a member of Saint Anthony Hall, he graduated from Williams in 1929, he earned a master of arts degree from Harvard in 1930 and a master of fine arts from Princeton in 1932. He later returned to Williams as a professor in 1936 and went on to become chairman of the art department and director of Williams College Museum of Art, according to his biography on the foundation’s website. Faison later helped Sterling and Francine Clark locate their museum in Williamstown, MA because as he whispered in Clark's ear during a Metropolitan Museum of Art pitch for the collection, "Psst, Stalin has the H-bomb."  

To read more on The Boston Globe:

https://www2.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/04/26/diary-williams-college-professor-who-probed-adolph-hitler-looted-art-collection-unveiled/JDx3EhCFUjoaea2IGMca8M/story.html

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