SIA Acc. 97-117, National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) Office of Exhibitions, Records, 1974-1993

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This accession consists of administrative and exhibition files of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Office of Exhibitions, dating from 1974 to 1993. The administrative files include documentation of the rehanging and shifting of collection objects; public requests for object photographs; memoranda from NPG staff and SI administration; and a chronological correspondence file, consisting mostly of public inquiries. The records also document the "Recent Acquisitions" exhibition series, which is curated by the Office of Exhibitions with suggestions by other curatorial staff. New exhibitions are mounted roughly every six months. The files are arranged chronologically, and consist mostly of memoranda between curatorial staff regarding the choice of objects, the conservation and preparation of objects for mounting, and label text.


Recent Acquisitions (Exhibition series) (1978-1991: Washington, D.C.)


  • Folder List in accession file.
  • For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1974
  • 1974-1993


  • Art museums
  • Museums
  • Museum exhibits


  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions

Local number

SIA Acc. 97-117

Physical description

1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)

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