Harold P. Stern

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Harold P. Stern
Harold Philip Stern

(1922-05-03)May 3, 1922
DiedApril 3, 1977(1977-04-03) (aged 54)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Academic work
DisciplineArt history
Sub-disciplineJapanese art
InstitutionsFreer Gallery of Art

Harold "Phil" Philip Stern (May 3, 1922 – April 3, 1977) was an American art historian and curator. A scholar of Japanese art, Stern was the Director of the Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution from 1971 to 1977.[1]


Stern received all three of his degrees from the University of Michigan: a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1943, a Master of Arts in Art History in 1948, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Art History in 1959.

In 1950, Stern began working at the Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution.[2] He was appointed as Assistant Director in 1962, and was promoted to Director in 1971 until his death. Stern died in 1977 at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.[3]

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  1. ^ "Dr. Harold P. Stern, 54, Freer Gallery's Director". The New York Times. 4 April 1977.
  2. ^ Rosenfield, John M.; Trubner, Henry (1977). "Harold Philip Stern (1922-1977)". Archives of Asian Art. 31: 112–114. JSTOR 20111088.
  3. ^ "Harold P. Stern Dies".

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