This accession consists of records that document two exhibitions held at the National Portrait Gallery: In the Minds and Hearts of the People: Prologue to the American Revolution, 1760-1774, on view from June 14 through November 17, 1974; and To Color America: Portraits by Winold Reiss, which was on view from October 27, 1989 through April 1, 1990. In the past the Office of Exhibitions has gathered the records of several other NPG offices to assemble the documentation for an exhibition, and has transferred them together to the Archives. Although most of the records in this accession were created by the Office of Exhibitions, the documentation of the Reiss exhibition contains files created by the Office of the Registrar, Office of the Director and the Office of Public Affairs. SIA and the Office of Exhibitions have agreed that in any future transfers of exhibition files, the records of the different offices will be transferred and accessioned separately.
The Reiss show is thoroughly documented through the records from the four offices, which contain files on the development of funding proposals, scripts, labels, checklists, the exhibition catalogue, and publicity, as well as administrative and curatorial correspondence and memoranda. The records also include lender files which contain loan agreements, correspondence, object photographs, reproduction permission requests, and shipping information.The records of the "Minds and Hearts" exhibition consist mostly of lender files, but include some information on the catalogue and labels. This accession also consists of one box of administrative files from the Office of Exhibitions, which contains correspondence and memoranda files, budget plans, and files on interns, volunteers, and contractors.
Permanently restricted materials were removed from Boxes 1-7 and segregated in Box 9. Related materials can be found in Accession 99-094.