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Peale Family

menu The Charles Willson Peale Family Papers, a historical editing project established in 1974, is an integral part of the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery. The project has collected copies of more than six thousand documents, spanning three generations of the Peale family. The archive traces the family's history from the arrival of Charles Peale, a transported felon, through the career of Charles Willson Peale -- artist, Revolutionary soldier, naturalist and museum keeper, and Enlightenment polymath -- down through the nineteenth-century careers and lives of his many children, including his sons Raphaelle, Rembrandt, Titian Ramsay, and Rubens. In addition to its richness as a source of biographical information on the Peale family, the archive is a matchless source of information on American family, social, and cultural history from the 1730s to the 1880s.

The Charles Willson Peale Family Papers is located at:

750 9th Street, NW
Suite 4100
Washington, D.C.

All inquiries should be sent to the following address:

Charles Willson Peale Family Papers
P.O. Box 37012
Victor Building–Suite 4100 MRC973
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Tel: (202) 633-8304
FAX: (202) 633-8243

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Above: The Peale Family / Charles Willson Peale/ Oil on canvas, c.1770-1773/ Image courtesy New-York Historical Society, NYC
Introduction The Peale Family Papers C.W. Peale Autobiography Historical editing Publications Staff Index of sitters empty