This accession consists of the records of Kathleen M. Kendrick, Curator, documenting exhibition and program activities of the Office of Curatorial Affairs in regard to the planning, development, and production of the exhibition "Benjamin Franklin: A Revolutionary Role" at the National Museum of American History. The exhibition, in commemoration of Franklin's 300th birthday, examined his role as an American Revolution statesman. Displayed was the suit Franklin wore while on a diplomatic trip to Paris that resulted in the signing of the Treaty of Alliance in 1778; the walking cane presented to him during the trip; and the famous portrait of him by Joseph Duplessis, commissioned during his stay in Paris. Other staff represented in these records include James B. Gardner, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, and project managers Jeffrey L. Brodie and Nanci Edwards.
Materials include correspondence; notes; exhibition proposal; planning and design information; budget summaries; information about fundraising, meetings, website development, publicity, loans, and special events; and drawings. Some materials are in electronic format.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-232, National Museum of American History. Office of Curatorial Affairs, Exhibition and Program Records
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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