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National Portrait Gallery, by Unknown, 1978, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 92-1710.

April 27, 1962

The United States Congress approves a law to provide for a National Portrait Gallery as a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution (P.L. 87-443).More

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