Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 315
Creators:
National Collection of Fine Arts. Department of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture
Dates:
1965-1975
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
23.02 cu. ft. (23 record storage boxes) (1 microfilm reel)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records contain exhibition material, including staff research notes on artists and artwork; administrative records concerning the shipment of exhibited artwork, loan correspondence, security and display of the exhibited material, photographs of display items, and installation photographs; staff correspondence including correspondence and memoranda from Adelyn Dohme Breeskin and David W. Scott; and memoranda and correspondence concerning NCFA loans of art work to the White House, cabinet offices, and United States embassies.

Historical Note
Historical Note
The Department of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture maintains works of artists born after 1880 or who were working by 1900. However, there is still some overlap with the artwork maintained by the National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA), Department of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Painting and Sculpture.
The administrative history of the Department dates back to 1964 when Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, a specialist in contemporary art, became Special Consultant to NCFA. Breeskin became Acting Curator of the newly created Department of Contemporary Art in 1967 and Curator of the Department in 1968. The Department's name was changed to Contemporary Painting and Sculpture in 1970 and in 1974 it was changed to its present title. Walter Hopps was appointed Curator of the Department in 1974 and Breeskin became a consultant within the Department.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 315, National Collection of Fine Arts. Department of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture, Records

Keywords
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Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scott, David W., 1916- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hopps, Walter Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
White House (Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of American Art (U.S.). Department of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Painting and Sculpture Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.). Department of Contemporary Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.). Department of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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