Portrait of a young Helena Weiss

ID: SIA2013-02865

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1920s or 1930s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession Number 05-112, Box 2

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Helena Weiss poses for a professional portrait. Image is contained in a portfolio.


  • Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004
  • Office of the Registrar


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Helena Weiss began her career at the Smithsonian in 1931 as a junior clerk-stenographer in the Office of Correspondence and Documents. In 1935, Weiss moved to the Department of Geology, where she worked as a secretary for Dr. Ray S. Bassler. She became Chief of the Office of Correspondence and Documents in 1948. In 1956 her title was changed to "Registrar," a position she held until her retirement in 1971. Weiss was one of the first women managers at the Smithsonian.
  • This portrait is part of the Helena M. Weiss Papers, 1923-2001, Accession 05-112

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession Number 05-112, Box 2

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


c. 1920s or 1930s

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  • Women
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Museum registrars
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: [Example: 9.8w x 6.9h]; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print

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