The View From the Castle: At last we have a National Portrait Gallery, and a rare opportunity to develop a new kind of resource for the study of our history

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley discusses the conception, the delays and set backs, and the eventual completion of the National Portrait Gallery, which was supported by Secretary Charles D. Walcott and completed under Secretary Leonard Carmichael. The purpose of the National Portrait Gallery is to serve as an American research center of iconographic biography.


  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
  • Board of Regents
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • United States Congress


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Vol. 1, no. 7 (Journal)

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


October 1970


  • Art
  • Law
  • Secretaries
  • Castle View
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Portraits
  • History
  • Art--History
  • Legislation

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