Catalogue description Foreign Office Minutes on the American Commission for the Protection of Artistic and...

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Details of FO 371/35451/4
Reference: FO 371/35451/4
Foreign Office Minutes on the American Commission for the Protection of Artistic and Historic Monuments in Europe, dated 21 October 1943. Includes a letter from Mr R Coe at the American Embassy in London to Gladwyn Jebb at the Foreign Office, dated 21 October 1943. The letter lists the members of the Commission: Associate Justice Owen J Roberts, United States Supreme Court, Chairman; The Honorable David E Finley, Director of the National Gallery of Art, Vice-Chairman; The Honorable Archibald MacLeish, Librarian of Congress; Dr William Bell Dinsmoor, President of the Archaeological Institute of America; Dr Paul J Sachs, Associate Director of the Fogg Museum of Fine Arts; Dr Francis Henry Taylor, President of the Association of Art Museum Directors; Mr Huntington Cairns, Secretary-Treasurer and General Counsel of the National Gallery of Art. The letter further states that the purpose of the Commission is to take 'steps to protect and conserve works of art and artistic or historic monuments and records in Europe and to aid in salvaging and returning to the lawful owners such objects as have been appropriated by the Axis powers or by individuals acting under their authority or consent'.
Date: 1943 October 21
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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