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In accordance with a resolution adopted at the 1958 Smithsonian Art Commission meeting, a committee is appointed by the Chancellor to assist in the organization of a National Portrait Gallery and to advise in the plans for adapting the Old Patent Office Building to the needs of such a gallery. The committee is comprised of Regents John Nicholas Brown, Sen. J.W. Fulbright, Rep. Frank T. Bow and Caryl P. Haskins.


  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • Smithsonian Art Commission


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1960. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1961, p. 98.

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