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Knight Kiplinger American statesmen portraiture collection

Identifier: MS2375

Scope and Contents

This collection contains portraits in the form of lithographs, photographs and paintings. The objects in the collection date from about 1804-1960 with many undated objects. The accession files date from 1991-2001. These are from the collection of the Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.. Materials represent images of famous American politicians from Washington to Kennedy. Included is an almost complete set of small lithographs of every President from Washington to Kennedy, with a few Supreme Court Justices included. There are also several images of the wives of US Presidents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, military persons, and other major events and people from US History.

Some objects have a corresponding accession file which provides information about the objects. This file number can be found in the object note. Not all objects have files.


  • 1804-2001
  • Majority of material found within 1804-1960


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For activities that the researcher determines fall under fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights, determining if the intended re-use falls under fair use, and obtaining approval from the copyright holder if the intended use does not fall under fair use.

Biographical / Historical

The Kiplinger Washington Editors was a family run publishing company in Washington DC. The Kiplinger family collected a large collection of art for the headquarters of the Kiplinger Washington Editors offices near Lafayette Square. Before its transfer, the Kiplinger Collection was one of the largest privately held collections of Washingtoniana. The collection has since been divided between the George Washington University and the Historical Society of Washington DC. GWU received the portraiture portion of the collection.


14.5 Linear Feet

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This collection contains portraits in the form of lithographs, photographs and paintings of famous Americans and historical events. The materials date between 1804-2001 with a bulk of the collection being undated. Some of the objects corresponding control files with extra information on the object.


Organized into five series: Lithographs, Photographs, Paintings, Accession files, znc unsorted images.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Kiplinger Washington Editors, May 30, 2017 (2017.026)

Guide to the Knight Kiplinger American statesmen portraiture collection, 1804-2001
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America