This accession consists of records that document the programs created and organized by the Research and Scholars Center. Among those programs documented include the lunchbag program which serves as a venue for art historians, archivists and other active members of the American art community to share research, present findings, and discuss the state of the field. Beginning in September 1976, the program was under the joint direction of the museum's Office of Research and Fellowships and the Office of Intern Programs, then led by Lois Marie Fink and Patricia H. Chieffo, respectively. In 1984 the Office of Research and Fellowships took over full responsibility for the program. In 1990 the program began being co-sponsored with the Archives of American Art, and then in 1995 the National Portrait Gallery joined in sponsoring. In 1975 a lecture series became part of the lunchbag program as well, occurring annually in the spring.
Also included is ART NET which stood for american ART NETwork, an internal newsletter that reported on the office's activities, it was distributed to the alumni of the museum's fellowship program, scholars, and staff in order to keep them abreast of the current opportunities at the museum, as well as the progress of its fellows.
Lastly, beginning in 1973 the museum began holding annual one or two-day symposia to further scholarship in American art. Some of the symposia were co-sponsored with the University of Delaware.
This accession includes records from when the office was known as the Office of Research and Professional Training and the Office of Research and Fellowships, and from when the museum was known as the National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA) and the National Museum of American Art.
Materials include correspondence, memoranda, program schedules, advertisement flyers, symposia records, and newsletters.