This record unit documents the activities and efforts of the Administrative Office to acquire objects and portraits, most notably correspondence with art collectors and professional artists. The records include correspondence and memoranda with various art collectors, professional artists, domestic and foreign museums, educational institutions, government agencies, professional associations, and scholars; NPG curators' correspondence with institutions regarding borrowing exhibition objects; exhibition records and scripts, including photographs, slides, posters, donor information, and memoranda; programs and plans for exhibitions and special events in the NPG, including fundraising activities; plans for the the establishment of the Catalog of American Portraits and the Charles Willson Peale Papers project; NPG policies and organization; plans to establish a research center for American biography, iconography, and history; acquisition of portraits and photographs; publication of curators' research; security of collections and the building; blueprints for the exhibition floors; photographs of the building; reports concerning NPG's relationship with Smithsonian bureaus and offices, the United States Congress, and the public.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 379, National Portrait Gallery. Administrative Office, Central Administrative Records
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