Agency history, 1972-

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  • Madden, Patrick
  • Rash, Brennan
  • Prince, Sue Ann
  • Westin, Sandra
  • Roschwalb, Susanne A
  • Cutler, Carol
  • Bush, Nancy F
  • National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) Office of Public Affairs


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.
  • The Office of Public Affairs was created to prepare, coordinate and disseminate information about the activities of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) to the public and the news media. This work was carried out through the Director's Office from 1962 until 1972, when Nancy F. Bush was appointed NPG's first Public Affairs Officer. Bush held the position through 1973 and was followed by Carol Cutler, 1974-1978; Susanne Roschwalb, 1978-1979; Sandra Westin, 1979-1988; Sue Ann Prince, 1988-1992; and Brennan Rash, 1991-2000. In 2001 the Office was merged with the Office of Development and became the Office of External Affairs, directed by Patrick Madden.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1972
  • 1972-


  • Public relations
  • Museums
  • Museums--Public relations


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00262

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