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Summary

In 1971, the Catalog of American Portraits initiates a national portrait survey involving professional on-site cataloging and photographing of portraits in public and private collections across the country. Funded in part by donations, including a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, field surveyors travel to participating collections to examine the portraits firsthand and to gather additional information on each work.

Subject

  • Catalog of American Portraits (CAP)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

http://www.npg.si.edu/research/ceros.html

Contact information

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

Date

1971

Topic

  • New Programs
  • Art, American
  • Portraits

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