Joshua C. Taylor Becomes Director of NCFA

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Following David Scott (and Acting Director, Robert Tyler Davis, May 30, 1969-January 1, 1970), Joshua C. Taylor becomes the director of the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the National Museum of American Art. During Taylor's directorship, the NCFA is renamed the National Museum of American Art by an act of Congress in 1980. Taylor's accomplishments as director include further emphasizing American art and drawing attention to the museum. Taylor holds the position until his death in 1981.


  • Scott, David W. 1916-
  • Taylor, Joshua Charles 1917-
  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Kloss, William, Treasures from the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985, p. 14
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1970, p. 77

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 1, 1970


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