Agency history, 1943-

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  • Keith, D. Graeme (David Graeme) 1934-
  • Noon, Mary A
  • Delarue, Allison
  • Silverman, Isabelle
  • Lindo, Arthur
  • Livenstein, Barbara
  • Loeffler, Gwen
  • Northop, Jennifer
  • Parson, Wendi
  • Tickle, Ashley
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Public Information Office
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Communications Office
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Communications and Marketing


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
  • Annals of the Smithsonian Institution, 1985-1996
  • Smithsonian Directory, 1997, 2000
  • LinkedIn, Wendi Parson,, accessed January 18, 2023
  • LinkedIn, Ashley Tickle,, accessed January 18, 2023
  • Museums Council of New York City, Annual Directory Archive, 2001-2020,, accessed January 18, 2023
  • While under the auspices of the Cooper Union, the Museum had no staff or offices devoted exclusively to publicity, and it relied upon the Public Relations Office of the parent organization to issue press releases about its exhibitions and activities. In 1943 responsibility for publicity was included in the duties of D. Graeme Keith, Assistant to the Curator in charge of Services. He was replaced in 1944 by Allison Delarue. Mary A. Noon assumed responsibility for maintaining records on the Museum's history and publicity when she became Recorder in 1946. When the Museum was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution in 1968, Noon continued in this function as Museum Specialist.
  • A separate Public Relations Office was not established until 1977. Isabelle Silverman was the Museum's first Public Relations Officer, and in 1979 she became Public Relations Manager. She was named Public Information Manager in 1983, serving until 1985. Her title was changed to Public Information Officer in 1984. Arthur Lindo served, 1986-1992, and was succeeded by Gwen Loeffler during 1994. Barbara Livenstein served as Public Information Officer, 1995-circa 2002. The office then changed names to the Communications Office and then later to Communications and Marketing. Jennifer Northop was Communications Director, then Director of Communications and Marketing from circa 2003-2015. Wendi Parson was Director of Communications and Marketing from 2015-2018. Parson was followed by Ashley Tickle as Director, 2019- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1943
  • 1943-


  • Public relations
  • Art museums
  • Museums
  • Press coverage
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Museums--Press coverage


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00199

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