Wonderful Women Wednesday: Anna Brooke

Each week, the Archives features a woman who has been a groundbreaker at the Smithsonian, past or present, in a series titled Wonderful Women Wednesday. 

Anna Brooke was the first librarian of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where she developed collection policies, cataloguing systems, and an exchange program between 1971 and 2016. One of her first responsibilities in the role was to help facilitate the move of the Museum's library from New York City to Washington, D.C.  

Brooke earned her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of California. Berkeley and her Master of Arts degree from American University.

Brooke and an unidentified man appear to be unpacking boxes in an office.

Related Collections

  • Smithsonian Libraries, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Branch, Subject Files, 1971–2016, Accession 17-127, Smithsonian Institution Archives

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