Wonderful Women Wednesday: Cynthia Helms

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.

From 1969 to 1973, Cynthia Helms worked as a producer, special correspondent, and host of Radio Smithsonian, a weekly 30-minute program. In that role, she interviewed museum curators, researchers, and special lecturers. Helms later returned to the Smithsonian and worked as a project assistant between 1977 and 1978. 

She served as an honorary trustee of the Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.  

Helms is the author of An Ambassador’s Wife in Iran (1981) and Favourite Stories from Persia (1982). In 1970, she co-founded Concern, Inc., an organization of women fighting to tackle environmental issues. 

Helms interviews curator Keith E. Melder in four negative photographs.  

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