Agency history, 1976-

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  • Kerr, Mary
  • Globus, Dorothy Twining
  • James, Laura
  • White, Eileen
  • Clark, Ina Sorens
  • Nichols, George


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.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1978-1984
  • Annals of the Smithsonian Institution, 1985-1996
  • Smithsonian Directory, 1997, 2000
  • "Museum Profile: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, ", June 15, 2001
  • The Cooper-Hewitt Museum's efforts to generate support for its programs from private donors were initially carried out by curators or administrators. In 1974 the Museum held its first annual benefit auction of objects donated for sale. The funds earned from the first three auctions were used for the renovation of the Carnegie Mansion. Following completion of that project in 1976, the auctions were held to support the Museum's educational programs. The first auction was coordinated by Dorothy Twining Globus, an Exhibits Specialist in the Museum. Mary Kerr, Assistant Registrar, coordinated the second auction in 1975. In 1976, responsibility for the auctions was combined with a new membership program under Kerr as Membership Coordinator. Apparently at this time the membership and development functions were joined. In 1983 Eileen White became Development Manager, serving until 1987, when George Nichols became Development Manager. It was in this period, apparently, that the membership and development programs began to be separately administered. After Nichols's departure in 1990, the Development Officer's job was vacant for two years. In 1993 the position was renamed Head, Office of Development and Public Affairs. Laura James was appointed to the job and served, 1993-1999. Ina Sorens Clark served as Director of Development and Marketing, 2000- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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  • 1976-


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