National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Charles Willson Peale Papers Search this
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Catalog of American Portraits Search this
14 cu. ft. (14 record storage boxes)
The Administrative Office was established in 1966 by Charles Nagel, who served as the first Director of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), 1964-1969. 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 co-ordinated special exhibition schedules.
For a description of the record series of which these materials are a part, refer to "Forms part of" above.
(1) Administrative Office records, 1963-1970, accession number 87-170; (2) Administrative Office records, 1964-1974, accession number 87-169; (3) Administrative Office records, 1965-1985, accession number 88-051; (4) Administrative Office records, 1967-1986, accession number 87-171; (5) Administrative Office records, 1967-1987, accession number 90-167
This record unit documents the activities and efforts of the Administrative Office to acquire objects and portraits and includes correspondence with art collectors and artists.
The records include correspondence and memoranda with various art collectors, 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 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 exhibition galleries; photographs of the building; and reports concerning NPG's relationship with Smithsonian bureaus and offices, the United States Congress, and the public.
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