Agency history, 1974-

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  • Miller, Lillian B
  • Hart, Sidney
  • Schaffer, Michael D
  • Ward, David C
  • Peale, Charles Willson 1741-1827


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives 1996
  • THE TORCH, August 1984, pg. 5.
  • Smithsonian Institution, "The National Portrait Gallery," [], 12/21/99
  • The Charles Willson Peale Papers, a historical editing project established in 1974, is an integral part of the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery. The project has collected copies of more than six thousand documents, spanning three generations of the Peale family. The archive traces the family's history from the arrival of Charles Peale, a transported felon; through the career of Charles Willson Peale, artist, Revolutionary soldier, naturalist and museum keeper, and Enlightenment polymath; down through the nineteenth-century careers and lives of his many children, including his sons Raphaelle, Rembrandt, Titian Ramsay, and Rubens. In addition to its richness as a source of biographical information on the Peale family, the archive is a source of information on American family, social, and cultural history from the 1730s to the 1880s.
  • Lillian B. Miller was the editor of the Peale Papers from 1974 until her death in 1997. She had worked as a Historian for three years at the Gallery prior to becoming Editor. Sidney Hart, who has been with NPG since 1977, has served as Research Historian, Assistant Editor, Associate Editor, and is currently Acting Editor/Historian. David C. Ward, who has been with NPG since 1981, has served as Research Historian, Assistant Editor, Associate Editor, and is currently Historian/Associate Editor. Michael D. Schaffer was Assistant Editor, 1974-1977.

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  • 1974
  • 1974-


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