The TIME Collection

In 1978, TIME Magazine donated approximately 800 works of original cover art to the National Portrait Gallery. Since this initial gift, TIME has continued to donate covers of painting, photography, collage, even sculpture, growing the Portrait Gallery's TIME Collection to over 2,000 pieces. Because the National Portrait Gallery is focused on telling the stories of the men and women who have built America, TIME's collection of cover art—featuring portraits of newsworthy, influential individuals—has been especially meaningful to the museum's collections and programs.

The TIME collection has been conserved, digitized, and catalogued through the generous support of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation.