Smithsonian Women's Committee Established

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The Smithsonian Women's Committee is created at a meeting in May of 1966. Originally called the Ladies Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian Society of Associates, the committee was formed by Mrs. Mary Livingston (S. Dillon) Ripley, Mrs. Josephine (G. Arthur) Cooper, Mrs. Donald MacArthur, Mrs. Frank Taylor, Mrs. Aileen B. (Russell E.) Train, and Mrs. Robert D. van Roijen. The purpose of the committee was to advise the Associates and raise funds to advance the Institution's mandate for the increase and diffusion of knowledge, especially through educational activities.


  • Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston
  • Cooper, Josephine (Mrs. G. Arthur)
  • MacArthur, Mrs. Donald
  • Taylor, Mrs. Frank A
  • Train, Aileen B. (Mrs. Russell E.)
  • van Roijen, Mrs. Robert D
  • Smithsonian Womens Committee
  • Smithsonian Associates, The )
  • Office of Membership and Development
  • Office of Development


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Office of the Secretary, Records, RU 99, Box 73.

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


May 1966


  • Women
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Fund raising
  • Volunteers
  • Development

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