Agency history, 1964-1966

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  • Beggs, Thomas M
  • National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.) Office of the Director


Agency History


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  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives
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  • The position of Special Assistant to the Secretary for Fine Arts was created in 1964. Thomas M. Beggs, who had served as Director of the National Collection of Fine Arts, 1948-1964, held the position until his retirement in 1966. At that time, the position was abolished. Beggs was charged with surveying American and foreign art museums concerning the development of contemporary art in those countries.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1964
  • 1964-1966
  • 20th century


  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Painting, Modern
  • Sculpture, Modern


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00100

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