d'Harnoncourt, Anne (9/7/1943 - 6/1/2008)

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  • Committees/Roles: Nominating Committee, Secretarial Search Committee of 2007
  • Occupation: Museum director, executive
  • Number of Terms: 2
  • Biography: Anne d'Harnoncourt of Pennsylvania was the George D. Widener Director and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she had worked since 1971. An acclaimed author and internationally respected art historian and administrator, she was awarded two signal honors in the field of arts and letters in 1995: the government of France's diploma of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters and election as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also a member of the American Philosophical Society and a director of the Henry Luce Foundation. She served from 1974 until 1986 as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and from 1975 to 1981 as a member of the Smithsonian Council.


  • d'Harnoncourt, Anne 9/7/1943 - 6/1/2008
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  • 109 Stat. 797 (1995), P.L. 104-83, H.J. Res. 111
  • 115 Stat. 270 (2001), P.L. 107-54, S.J. Res. 19


  • For additional information on d'Harnoncourt's appointment, see The Torch, February 1996.
  • Who's Who in America. 43rd edition, 1984-1985. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1984; Who's Who in America. 53rd edition, 1999. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who, 1998; Who's Who of American Women, 17th edition, 1991-1992. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1991; Who's Who in American Art, 20th edition, 1993-1994. New Providence, NJ: R. R. Bowker Co., 1993; Grimes, William, "Anne d'Harnoncourt, Who Led Philadelphia Museum, Dies at 64," The New York Times 3 and 4 June 2008).

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


Regent Tenure: 12/28/1995-2007


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