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National Portrait Gallery and American National Biography Online Announce Partnership to Pair Portraits with Text


The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announced a partnership with American National Biography to add portraits from the museum’s collection to ANB articles. An initial selection of images was included in an update April 25, with more to be added in each subsequent update. This partnership will provide images from the Portrait Gallery’s collection to ANB subscribers, offering images that are often the defining likeness of a person.

“American National Biography and the National Portrait Gallery are natural partners,” said Kim Sajet, director of the Portrait Gallery. “Both offer a place, whether in a museum or online, where people can meet Americans who have made an impact. We are thrilled to be a part of the conversation and research American National Biography offers its users.”

The April update will include the biographies of 41 men and women who recently died and had a significant impact on American society and culture during their lifetime. Individuals included in the update are Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara; feminist Andrea Dworkin; politician, poet, and congressman Eugene McCarthy; novelist David Foster Wallace; film director Elia Kazan; and chess grand master Bobby Fischer.

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