Langdon Warner '03, Curator of the Oriental Department of the Fogg Art Museum, sailed from Seattle Tuesday to remain in Tokyo for three or four months as the only civilian member of the Commission for Arts and Monuments which will attempt to locate and identify Oriental are lost or stolen during the war.
Now serving as a Commander in the Navy, George L. Stout, head of the Department of Conservation in the Fogg Art Museum, is also a member of the commission. Stout left the University last year.
An eminent Oriental scholar and art historian, Warner has traveled extensively in the East on expeditions for the University, the Smithsonian Institute and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. His most recent trip was in 1938 when, as head of the San Francisco Exposition's Pacific arts exhibit, he traveled over much of the Orient collecting objects of art which were to be loaned to the exposition.
To Recover Records
Warner's present trip is being made at the request of General MacArthur. His duties as a member of the commission, however, have not as yet been clearly defined. At the time of his sailing, he had not been told exactly what art objects the commission will attempt to recover, although documentary records of the Manchu dynasty which have been missing from Mukden, Manchuria, since the Japanese occupation, are said to be among these.