Agency history, 1965-

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  • Taylor, Lisa 1933-1991
  • Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001
  • Solinger, Janet W
  • Mayor, Mara
  • Potter, Mary Grace
  • Lindsay, G. Carroll
  • Mason, Robert W
  • Jameson, John F
  • Hamilton, Susan A
  • Angle, Robert H
  • Austin, Jacqueline
  • Carper, Joseph
  • Tuceling, Barbara
  • Adelman, Frederica R


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, 1966-1984
  • Smithsonian Year Supplement, 1985-1992
  • Annals of the Smithsonian Institution, 1993-1996
  • Smithsonian Directory, 2000
  • Smithsonian Institution, About, Secretary and Admin Bios, Frederica Adelman,, accessed September 22, 2021.
  • The Smithsonian Society of Associates, as it was first called, was created in 1965 by Secretary S. Dillon Ripley to recognize and attract the support of Smithsonian friends across the nation. The first Executive Secretary, Mrs. Vernon Knight, resigned in 1966 and was replaced as Acting Executive Secretary by G. Carroll Lindsay. In 1967 Lisa Taylor became Program Director, serving until 1970. She was succeeded by Susan A. Hamilton, 1970-1971. In 1972 Robert W. Mason succeeded Lindsay, serving until 1974. He was assisted in operating the resident program by Susan A. Hamilton (1972) and Janet W. Solinger (1973-1975), while Mary Grace Potter oversaw the National Program (1972-1974) and became the Director of the Reception Center (1975) and the Visitor Information and Associates Reception Center, a separate office (1976- ). Robert H. Angle succeeded Mason in 1975 as General Manager of the Smithsonian National Associates Program. During this period the Office reported to the Assistant Secretary for Public Service and Information Activities.
  • The following year reporting relationships changed. Angle (1976-1981) and Janet W. Solinger, now Director of the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program (1976-1992), reported to the Office of Membership and Development. Jacqueline Austin succeeded Angle (1982-1986) and was in turn succeeded by Joseph Carper, Acting Director (1987-1988) and Director (1989-1992). Carper at some point reported to the Assistant Secretary for External Affairs. In 1993 John F. Jameson served as Acting Director of the Smithsonian Associates, as the Office was now known, to be succeeded by Mara Mayor, Director (1994-2005). Barbara Tuceling, Deputy Director of Smithsonian Associates, became Acting Director in March 2005 and served as Director from 2006-2013. Frederica Adelman became Director in 2013, having previously been with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service from 1987-2013.
  • The Smithsonian Associates produces educational and cultural programming that offers access to the Smithsonian Institution's world of knowledge. Its offerings include an interactive museum theater for children, studio art classes, regional study tours, lectures and courses, a master's degree in decorative arts and special opportunities for young professionals. Topics covered ranged from the arts and sciences, to current events, history and pop culture. Their programming also includes live performances, museum sleepovers and summer camps.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

Repository Loc.

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  • 1965
  • 1965-


  • Education
  • Membership
  • Museums
  • Associations, institutions, etc
  • Associations, institutions, etc--Membership
  • Museums--Educational aspects


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00209

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