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Lesley, Capt. Everett Parker Jr. | Lindsay, Sgt. Kenneth C. | Lovegrove, Lt. William A.

Lindsay, Sgt. Kenneth C.  

Sergeant, U.S. Army Signal Intelligence Division, Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archive (MFAA) Officer

Like many MFAA personnel, Lindsay did not initially join the military as a Monuments officer, arther he was drafted and first served with signal intelligence at SHAEF headquarters. He marched through France with the U.S. 3rd Army and was later appointed to the Wiesbaden Collecting Point under the directorship of Monuments officer Capt. Walter Farmer. Lindsay was not among those who signed the Wiesbaden Manifesto in objection to the removal of German-owned artworks to the United States for safekeeping, however he did strongly agree with its sentiment. One of his memorable experiences at Wiesbaden was the uncrating of the ancient Egyptian Bust of Queen Nefertiti, which had been evacuated for safekeeping from the Berlin museums towards the end of the war. Lindsay recalled the moment the bust was removed from its protective casing: “Within an instant, every man in there fell hopelessly in love with her – that face – absolutely beautiful.”

After the war, Lindsay was a professor of art history at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. He left in 1951 to become professor and later chair of the art history department at Harpur College, Binghamton University (SUNY) until about 1990. Since his retirement, Dr. Lindsay has remained busy. He wrote an article about the Wiesbaden Manifesto and the controversial decision to transfer German-owned artworks to the United States, entitled “Official Art Seizure Under the Military Cloak”, in the journal Art, Antiquity, and Law (vol. 3, no. 2, June 1998).

Learn more about Dr. Lindsay’s distinguished career as an art historian at Binghamton.


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