Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 552
Creators:
National Portrait Gallery, Dept. of Design and Production
Dates:
circa 1977-1988
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4.8 linear meters.
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
The records consist of departmental correspondence; memoranda; manuscripts; exhibition layouts, gallery floor plans, and blueprints of interior spaces; drawing notes and sketches; lighting designs; production schedules; exhibition project submittals; photographs, slides, and negatives; exhibition catalogs; and newspaper clippings. The records date from the tenure of Nello Marconi as Chief of the Department.

Historical Note
Historical Note
The Department of Design and Production was created in 1970 to support the exhibition program of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) by providing exhibition-related services throughout the Gallery. Initially called the Department of Exhibits and Design, its services range from exhibition design and script writing and editing to all facets of exhibition production, including woodworking, plastics, taxidermy, painting, framing and silkscreening. In addition to exhibition production and installation work, the Department is also responsible for supporting brochure design, creation of interpretive panels, illustration work, and graphics for various offices within the Gallery.
James J. Shelton was named Chief of the Department in 1970 and J. Michael Carrigan hired as Assistant Chief. In 1973 the Department was renamed the Department of Exhibits Design and Production. Carrigan became the Chief of the Department the following year, succeeded by Nello Marconi, who served as Chief, 1977- . During Marconi's tenure the Department was renamed the Department of Design and Production.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 552, National Portrait Gallery, Dept. of Design and Production, Records

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Marconi, Nello. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carrigan, J. Michael. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shelton, James J. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art museums. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Floor plans Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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