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National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Department of History  Search this
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Smithsonian World (Television program : 1984-1991)  Search this
De Mille, Agnes  Search this
Fairbanks, Douglas Jr. 1909-2000  Search this
Fern, Alan Maxwell 1930-  Search this
Graham, Katharine 1917-2001  Search this
Pachter, Marc  Search this
Parks, Gordon 1912-2006  Search this
WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Resident Associates Program  Search this
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Collection descriptions
Floor plans
Electronic List in accession file.
Folder List in accession file.
HTML List in accession file.
For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.
These records consist of materials that document the planning and execution of "Living Self-Portraits" a series of interviews with prominent American artists. Marc Pachter, Chief Historian, conducted the Interviews at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG). The "evenings" were a collaborative effort between the Resident Associates Program, Smithsonian Productions, WETA (Washington, D.C.'s public television station), and NPG. As stated in a letter to Agnes De Mille (interviewed October 10, 1990), "the self-portraits are informally autobiographical, going beyond what might be found in published biographical sources" and the format was, "an hour of conversation with<U+0085>.Marc Pachter" before, "a select group of 250 enthusiastic and informed guests to share the event in the Great Hall of the National Portrait Gallery." The interviews were videotaped and segments were to be used in the Smithsonian Productions series, "Smithsonian World," that aired on WETA television. The interviewees featured in the records are dancer and choreographer, Agnes De Mille; actor, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; Editor of the Washington Post, Katharine Graham, and photographer, Gordon Parks. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, program notes, budgets, itineraries, sketches of the Great Hall (NPG), technical specifications, releases and agreements, logistical planning files, reference files, mailing lists, notes, and related records.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Interviews  Search this
Television--Production and direction  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 01-142
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2008; Transferring office; 5/11/2001 memorandum, Alers to Loffman; Contact reference staff for details
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Production Records 1989-1992 [National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Department of History]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives