Production Records,
1989-1992

Summary
Collection ID:
Accession 01-142
Creators:
National Portrait Gallery, Dept. of History
Dates:
1989-1992
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records document the planning and execution of "Living Self-Portraits," a series of interviews with prominent American artists. Marc Pachter, Chief Historian, conducted the interviews at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG). The "evenings" were a collaborative effort between the Resident Associates Program, Smithsonian Productions, WETA (Washington, DC's public television station), and NPG.
As stated in a letter to Agnes De Mille (interviewed October 10, 1990), "the self-portraits are informally autobiographical, going beyond what might be found in published biographical sources" and the format was "an hour of conversation with...Marc Pachter" before "a select group of 250 enthusiastic and informed guests to share the event in the Great Hall of the National Portrait Gallery." The interviews were videotaped and segments were to be used in the Smithsonian Productions series "Smithsonian World" that aired on WETA television.
The interviewees featured in the records are dancer and choreographer Agnes De Mille, actor Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., editor of the Washington Post Katharine Graham, and photographer Gordon Parks.
Materials include correspondence, memoranda, program notes, budgets, itineraries, sketches of the Great Hall (NPG), technical specifications, releases and agreements, logistical planning files, reference files, mailing lists, notes, and related records.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-142, National Portrait Gallery, Dept. of History, Production Records

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
De Mille, Agnes Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fairbanks, Douglas, 1909- Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fern, Alan Maxwell, 1930- Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graham, Katharine, 1917- Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pachter, Marc Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Parks, Gordon, 1912- Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
WETA-TV (Television station: Washington, D.C.) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Resident Associates Program. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian World (Television program : 1984-1991) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Television -- Production and direction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuscripts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Floor plans Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketches Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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