Central Administrative Records,
1963-1987

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 379
Creators:
National Portrait Gallery. Administrative Office
Dates:
1963-1987
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
14 cu. ft. (14 record storage boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
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.

Historical Note
Historical Note
The Administrative Office was established in 1966 by Charles Nagel, who served as the first director of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) from 1964 to 1969. The primary responsibility of the Office was to organize temporary exhibitions of portraits and statuary of men and women who have made contributions to the history, development, and culture of the United States. The Office also administered the acquisition of portraits and photographs for the NPG and coordinated special exhibition schedules.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 379, National Portrait Gallery. Administrative Office, Central Administrative Records

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Nagel, Charles, 1899-1992 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.). Catalog of American Portraits Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.). Charles Willson Peale Papers Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art museums Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museums -- Administration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum exhibits Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museums -- Acquisitions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museums -- Collection management Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Black-and-white photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Posters Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustrations Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuscripts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Color transparencies Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architectural drawings Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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