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The Department of History is involved in all Portrait Gallery functions relating to history and biography.


  • History Internships
    Interns will assist the Deaprtment of History by helping to create and curate history-based exhibitions. They will assist historians in their service as advisers to the curators in matters relating to American history and biography, and evaluate the historical importance of individuals being considered for acquisition into the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.

    An intern should be interested in American history, like historical research, and write well.

    Terms Internship Is Available
    All terms: fall, winter/spring, and summer.

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  • Charles Willson Peale Family Papers
    The Charles Willson Peale Family Papers is a documentary history project that narrates the lives of a remarkable American family. The project publishes volumes containing selections of the letters, journals, and other documents of the artists, scientists, and explorers in the Peale family from 1735 to 1885. An intern should be interested in American social and cultural history and should possess good research and writing skills. He or she should be willing to learn to transcribe handwritten documents in the manner utilized in modern documentary editions; to read broadly and deeply in historical materials; to discover with guidance the answers to historical questions posed by documents; and, also with guidance, to write terse and accurate commentary on the documents.

    Terms Internship Is Available
    No internships are available at this time.

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