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White House Office of the Curator

The White House Office of the Curator is charged with the conservation and study of the collection of fine art, furniture and decorative objects used to furnish both the public and private rooms of the White House as an official residence and as an accredited historic house museum.

White House Curator
US-WhiteHouse-Logo.svg
Incumbent
William G. Allman

since 2002
Executive Residence
Appointer President of the United States
Formation 1961; 56 years ago (1961)
First holder Lorraine Waxman Pearce
Website www.whitehouse.gov
A marble bust of George Washington by sculptor Giuseppe Ceracchi (1751–1801) receives conservation work in the China Room.

The office began in 1961 during the administration of President John F. Kennedy while First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy oversaw the restoration of the White House.[1] The office is located in the ground floor of the White House Executive Residence. The office, headed by the Curator of the White House, includes an Associate Curator, an Assistant Curator, and a Curatorial Assistant. The office works with the Chief Usher, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and the White House Historical Association.

The current White House Curator is William G. Allman, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002.

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Curators' chargeEdit

The Curator of the White House, or less formally White House Curator, is head of the White House Office of the Curator which is charged with the conservation and study of the collection of fine art, furniture and decorative objects used to furnish both the public and private rooms of the White House.

The position was begun during the administration of President John F. Kennedy while First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy oversaw the restoration of the White House. The first Curator of the White House was Lorraine Waxman Pearce who was appointed in March 1961. Pearce was a graduate of the preservation program at the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum.

Curators of the White HouseEdit

 
White House Ground Floor showing location of the Office of the Curator.

To date seven curators have served in the White House; they are:

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office President(s)
Post established in 1961
1 Lorraine Waxman Pearce 1961 - 1962 John F. Kennedy
2 William Vos Elder III 1962 - 1963 John F. Kennedy
3 James R. Ketchum 1963 - 1969 John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard Nixon
4   Clement Conger
(1912 - 2004)
1970 - 1990 Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
5   Rex Scouten
(1924 - 2013)
1986 - 1997 Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
6 Betty C. Monkman 1997 - 2002 Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
7 William G. Allman 2002 - Present George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Donald Trump

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Curator's Office". The White House Museum. 

ReferencesEdit

  • Abbott James A., and Elaine M. Rice. Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration. Van Nostrand Reinhold: 1998. ISBN 0-442-02532-7.
  • Garrett, Wendell. Our Changing White House. Northeastern University Press: 1995. ISBN 1-55553-222-5.
  • Monkman, Betty C. The White House: The Historic Furnishing & First Families. Abbeville Press: 2000. ISBN 0-7892-0624-2.
  • The White House: An Historic Guide. White House Historical Association and the National Geographic Society: 2001. ISBN 0-912308-79-6.

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