Hanks, Nancy (12/31/1927-01/07/1983)

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  • Occupation: Arts administrator, civil servant
  • Number of Terms: 1


  • Hanks, Nancy 1927-1983
  • Board of Regents
  • Citizen Regent
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)


Smithsonian Board of Regents

Regent type



District of Columbia


  • Hanks was the second woman to be appointed as a citizen member of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, as well as the first director of the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • American National Biography. 24 volumes. Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999; Who's Who in American Art. 16th edition. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1984; The Blue Book. Leaders of the English-speaking world. 1976 edition. London: St. James Press; New York: St. Martin's Press, 1976. Reprint. In two volumes by Gale Research, Detroit, 1979; Who's Who in America. Volume 8, 1982-1985. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1985; Who's Who of American Women. First edition, 1958-1959. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1958.

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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: 09/18/1982-01/07/1983


  • Women
  • Government executives
  • History
  • Regents
  • Women--History


Washington (D.C.)



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