Catalog of American Portraits Initiated

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Date: 1966

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Summary

The Catalog of American Portraits is established by the National Portrait Gallery to provide a national portrait archives of historically notable subjects and artists from the colonial period to current times. The CAP manual files contain, whenever possible, a photograph of the portrait, standard catalog data (medium, support, dimensions, condition), a description, current ownership, provenance, biographical sketches of subjects and artists, bibliographic references, and exhibition and conservation history. Often, archival correspondence and primary research material is included as well.

Subject

  • Catalog of American Portraits (CAP)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • To access the catalog, see http://npgportraits.si.edu/eMuseumNPG/code/emuseum.asp
  • http://si-siris.blogspot.com/2012/10/smithsonian-national-portrait-gallerys.html
  • http://www.npg.si.edu/research/ceros.html

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1966

Topic

  • New Programs
  • Art, American
  • Portraits

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