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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 555

National Portrait Gallery. Department of Education

Program Records, 1969-1982

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Portrait Gallery. Department of Education
Title: Program Records
Dates: 1969-1982
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 555
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This record unit documents the activities of the Department of Education and its staff. The bulk of the records contain information about specific programs of the Department, including the Education Aide Program, the Docent Program and the Volunteer Program. Other records document the NPG's current and future exhibitions, educational activities, plans designed primarily for visually handicapped visitors to the Haptic Gallery, and motion pictures.

These records consist of correspondence, memoranda, notes, curators' reports to the Director, Marvin Sadik, and minutes of staff meetings. The correspondence largely contains letters of appreciation from teachers, students, elementary and secondary school administrators, and the general public.

Historical Note

The Department of Education, National Portrait Gallery (NPG), was part of the Office of the Historian from 1969 to 1971. It became a separate entity in 1971 when James R. Vivian III was appointed Curator of Education. He was succeeded by Dennis A. O'Toole, who served from 1972 through 1978. In January 1979 Kenneth Yellis was appointed Curator of Education and served in that capacity through 1980.

The Department of Education is responsible for preparing educational materials and organizing exhibitions related to the history of the United States, its culture, biography, and the history of the art of portraiture, as reflected in the collections of NPG.

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Descriptive Entry

This record unit documents the activities of the Department of Education and its staff. The bulk of the records contain information about specific programs of the Department, including the Education Aide Program, the Docent Program and the Volunteer Program. Other records document NPG's current and future exhibitions, educational activities, plans designed primarily for visually handicapped visitors to the Haptic Gallery, and motion pictures.

These records consist of correspondence, memoranda, notes, curators' reports to the Director, Marvin Sadik, and minutes of staff meetings. The correspondence largely contains letters of appreciation from teachers, students, elementary and secondary school administrators, and the general public.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 555, National Portrait Gallery. Department of Education, Program Records

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Container List

Box 1

Education Aide - General Correspondence

Box 1 of 2

Education Aide - Program Files, 1975

Box 1 of 2

Education Aide - Program Files, 1976

Box 1 of 2

Education Aide - Program Files, 1977-1978

Box 1 of 2

Education Aide - Program Files, 1978-1979

Box 1 of 2

Docent Program, 1969-1972

Box 1 of 2

Docent - General Correspondence, 1974-1977, 1982

Box 1 of 2

On-going Docent Training, 1972-1975

Box 1 of 2

Initial Docent Training, 1973-1975

Box 1 of 2

Docent Training Session, 1970-1971

Box 1 of 2

Docent Training Session, Fall 1972

Box 1 of 2

Docent Training Session, Spring 1973

Box 1 of 2

Docent Training Session, Fall 1973

Box 1 of 2

Docent Training Session, Spring 1975

Box 1 of 2

Docent Training Session, Fall 1975

Box 1 of 2

Docent Training Session, 1976

Box 1 of 2

Docent Training Session, 1977-1978

Box 1 of 2

Docent Program, 1978-1978

Box 1 of 2

Docent Program, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 2

Docent Advisory Board, 1972-1975

Box 1 of 2

Smithsonian Institution Docent Monell Fund, 1974-1980

Box 1 of 2

"The Docent," A Guide for Discussion Leaders

Box 1 of 2

Videotape - "The Docent," 1976-1977

Box 1 of 2

Education Department Memoranda, 1972

Box 1 of 2

Education Department Memoranda, 1973

Box 1 of 2

Education Department Memoranda, 1974-1975

Box 1 of 2

Education Program, 1969-1972

Box 1 of 2

Letters of Appreciation, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 2

Reception for Capitol Hill Administrative Assistants, 1977-1979

Box 1 of 2

Congressional Reception, May 2-3, 1979

Box 1 of 2

Congressional Reception, March 25-26, 1980

Box 1 of 2

Adult Receptions, May 6-7, 1981

Box 1 of 2

Box 2

Sample Presentation Folders

Box 2 of 2

Report on Tours, 1970

Box 2 of 2

The Pilot Portrait Workshop, 1974

Box 2 of 2

The Portrait Workshop, Fall 1974-1975

Box 2 of 2

The Portrait Workshop, 1976

Box 2 of 2

The Portrait Workshop, 1977-1978

Box 2 of 2

Workshop Prototype Packet

Box 2 of 2

Prototype Packet (Jane North, GW Intern), 1973-1975 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 2

Discover Portraits: A Lesson in American Biography (Education Packet) - Evaluation, 1975

Box 2 of 2

Information on Face Masks and Printing, 1975

Box 2 of 2

Summer Workshops, 1976 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 2

Alumni business, 1975

Box 2 of 2