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Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
38 cu. ft. (38 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Floor plans
Exhibition catalogs
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Illustrations
Manuscripts
Color transparencies
Date:
1937-1990
Descriptive Entry:
The first NPG director, Charles Nagel, was appointed in 1964. Most of the records document the director's efforts to initiate programs to fulfil the second mission of the Gallery: to provide a research center for American biography, iconography, and history. To achieve this objective, Charles Nagel established the Catalogue of American Portraits and the Charles Willson Peale Papers. During his tenure, Nagel acquired additional small collections such as a few Andrew Mellon portraits and transfers from the National Museum of History and Technology and the National Collection of Fine Arts. Also, the records document NPG's move from the Arts and Industries Building in 1967 to its present quarters in the Old Patent Office Building.

Records for the tenures of Marvin Sadik and Alan M. Fern mostly document major programmatic innovations, such as the Living Self-Portrait and Portrait in Motion series, that resulted in colloquia. The records also document special exhibition schedules, the donation in 1974 by Paul Mellon of 761 engraved portraits by C. B. J. F. de Saint-Memin, the donation by Time Incorporated of 850 pieces of art used on Time magazine covers, and 5,419 glass negatives from the Mathew Brady Studio, which were acquired in 1981 from the Frederick Hill Meserve Collection.

Included in the records are internal correspondence between the directors and NPG staff; correspondence with other Smithsonian bureaus as well as with other local, national, and international art institutions and artists; and numerous public inquiries about artists, works of art, exhibitions, donations of art, and bequests. These records also include color and black and white photographs, color slides, exhibition designs, exhibition materials such as catalogues, installation photographs, check lists, names and addresses of financial and art donors, shipping and loan forms, insurance forms, reports concerning the security of the collections and the Gallery, and condition reports that mostly document loan exhibitions and some new acquisitions. There are also minutes from various committee meetings within and outside NPG.
Historical Note:
These records document the administrations of three directors of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) - Charles Nagel, 1964-1969; Marvin Sadik, 1969-1981; and Alan M. Fern, 1982-2000.

The records document the history and routine operations of the NPG since 1937 when the National Gallery of Art Commission was the designated official body to accept donations of portraits for the Gallery's future opening. The United States Congress officially established the National Portrait Gallery in 1962 as a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution, "a free and public museum for the exhibition and study of portraiture and statuary depicting men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States, and of the artists who created such portraiture and statuary."

The Smithsonian Board of Regents appointed the first NPG Commission in 1963, which elected John Nicholas Brown as its chairman. The Commission's two main objectives for the NPG were based on its congressional mandate: the acquisition and exhibition of portraits and statuary of people who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the United States; and the establishment of the Gallery as a research center for American biography, iconography, and history. Before the appointment of the Gallery's first director in 1964, the Commission established guidelines for accepting portraits, among which were the best likeness possible; original portraits from life, if possible; exhibitions of the United States presidents and first ladies as well as permanent collection portraits of subjects who have been dead for at least ten years.
Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Floor plans
Exhibition catalogs
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Illustrations
Manuscripts
Color transparencies
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 426
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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National Gallery of Canada, FY 1982

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Posing for the Presidency, FY 1978-FY 1979

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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National Park Service, 1975-1983

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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New York Chamber of Commerce, 1984

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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New York City Ballet, 1984

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Northeast Museum Conference, 1983-1984

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Opportunities for Research & Study, 1976-1985

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Outreach, 1980

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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P - General, 1988-1989

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Plant Services, 1985-1987

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Presidential Design Awards, 1984-1985

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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R - General, 1988-1989

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Presidential Portraits Catalog, FY 1978

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Regents, 1985-1989

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Registrar, 1986-1989

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Research Policy, 1973-1987 (2 folders)

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Seminar in American Biography, 1978-1985

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 31 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Box 31
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 32

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0426-refidd1e10179

Smithsonian Institution Council, 1985-1986

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 32 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Box 32
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0426-refidd1e10186

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