Publicity Records, 1962-2017

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Consists of records that document the work of the Office of Communications in publicizing the exhibitions, acquisitions, events, lectures, symposia, and other related public programs of the National Portrait Gallery. Also included are materials produced when the office was known as the Office of External Affairs and the Office of Public Affairs. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, agreements, invitations, guest lists, event programs, images, press kits, press releases and fact sheets, catalogs, brochures, teacher resource guides, postcards, reports, video recordings, and clippings. Some materials predate the creation of the Office of Public Affairs. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Office of External Affairs
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Office of Public Affairs


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1962
  • 1962-2017


  • Public relations
  • Art museums
  • Traveling exhibitions
  • Art, American
  • Publicity
  • Exhibitions
  • Portraits, American
  • Museums
  • Museums--Public relations


  • Manuscripts
  • Color photographs
  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Videotapes
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Black-and-white transparencies
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Picture postcards

Local number

SIA RS00809

Physical description

  • 36.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
  • 26.16 cu. ft. processed holdings

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