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Press Release
May 20, 2005

National Archives Unveils Portrait Of Former Archivist Of The United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Don W. Wilson, Archivist of the United States from 1987 to 1993, was honored recently by the agency he once headed, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), with the unveiling of his official portrait.

The portrait, taken by Robert Severi Photography, will hang in the grand staircase of the National Archives Building along the National Mall in Washington. The unveiling took place in a special ceremony on May 19, at which two other former Archivists, Robert M. Warner and John W. Carlin, were also honored.

During the ceremony, the current Archivist, Allen Weinstein, noted that Wilson was the first Archivist after NARA became an independent agency in 1985 and helped to shape the new identity of the agency.

During Wilson's tenure, Weinstein noted, NARA's facility at College Park was designed and built and the Foundation for the National Archives was created.

Wilson started his NARA career at the Eisenhower Library and later became the first director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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