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This record unit consists of records documenting the publicity and planning of exhibitions and the museum as well as special events held at the museum, usually in connection with an exhibition. Materials include newspaper clippings; press releases; histories of the Patent Office Building; files on designation of the American Art/Portrait Gallery (AAPG) Building as a National Historic Landmark; photographs of special events, including openings; general correspondence with media and outside public affairs organizations; chronology files; exhibition scripts; event programs; brochures; invitations; speeches; posters; and related materials.
The Office of Public Affairs was created to prepare, coordinate and disseminate information about the activities of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) to the public and the news media. This work was carried out through the Director's Office from 1962 until 1972, when Nancy F. Bush was appointed NPG's first Public Affairs Officer. Bush held the position through 1973 and was followed by Carol Cutler, 1974-1978; Susanne Roschwalb, 1978-1979; and Sandra Westin, 1979- .
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 554, National Portrait Gallery, Office of Public Affairs, Publicity Records
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