American Biography

Treasures of American History

American Biography

The National Museum of American History’s collections preserve the stories of individuals who made history.

Drawn from the worlds of politics, business, science, sports, arts, and entertainment, these objects represent people whose experiences and achievements earned them a place in the national spotlight. Examined individually, the lives presented here reflect the circumstances of their times and provide a personal perspective on the past. Together, they make up a fascinating and multifaceted portrait of American achievement.

Albert Einstein (1879–1955)
Portrait by Philippe Halsman, 1947
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution