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Brown, W. Norman (William Norman), 1892-1975



In 1931 the Museum appointed W. Norman Brown (1892-1975) as its first curator of Indian art. Brown, who would establish the first academic department of South Asian Studies in the United States in 1947, was at this time also serving as chair of Sanskrit at the University of Pennsylvania. At the time of his curatorial appointment, the Indian Art office was part of the Division of Eastern Art.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Far Eastern Art Department Records

Identifier: FAR

These records describe the collecting activities and some exhibitions of the Far Eastern Art Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, now part of the East Asian Art Department.

Dates: 1924-1990

Indian Art Department Records

Identifier: IND

The Indian Art Department Records consist primarily of general correspondence and exhibition records that document the department's activities during Stella Kramrisch's tenure as curator.

Dates: circa 1896-1999, undated