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Alexander (Sandy) Calhoun: Asian Art Museum Oral History Project

Conducted by Lisa Rubens with Martin Meeker in 2013, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.

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Alexander (Sandy) Calhoun was born in Shanghai in 1925 to American parents. He was raised in China, the Philippines, and Switzerland. He served in the military at the end of World War II and was stationed in Tokyo after the war’s end, where he worked in Civil Censorship Detachment. After completing law school, he moved to San Francisco where he became an expert in maritime, which led him to live in Tokyo in the 1950s. Upon returning to San Francisco, his wife Connie became involved in the Society for Asian Art, an organization that played a key role in bringing the Brundage collection of Asian Art to San Francisco. Calhoun was appointed to the San Francisco Asian Art Museum Commission shortly after it was established in 1969 and has been involved in the institution, in some fashion, ever since. In this interview, Mr. Calhoun discusses the museum’s early years, the key exhibitions it staged, its leadership, and governance issues.


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