Smithsonian Secretaries and Clerks, 1930

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A luncheon given by friends in honor of the retirement of Miss Nellie H. Smith at Ye Old Inn on Thursday, July 31, 1930. She was appointed in March 1890 and spent 40 years at the Smithsonian. Top L to R: Louise A. Rosenbusch, Principal Clerk, Office of Dr. William H. Holmes, Director, National Gallery of Art, now the National Museum of American Art; Louise Pearson, Secretary to Dr. Alexander Wetmore, Assistant Secretary, SI (later the sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1944-1952); and Narcissus Smith, Clerk to the Editor, Dr. M. Benjamin, United States National Museum (USNM). Bottom L to R: Helen A. Olmsted, Principal Clerk, Office of Mr. W. de C. Ravenel, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary, USNM; Nellie Smith, Clerk, Division of Correspondence and Documents, USNM; and Margaret W. Moodey, Aid, Geology in charge of Gem Collection, for many years with G.P. Merrill, Head Curator, Department of Geology.


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Photo also in RU 7084 (p. 111 in finding aid), vol 13.

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  • Women
  • Pearson, Louise
  • Smith, Nellie H
  • Rosenbusch, Louise A
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Olmsted, Helen A
  • Smith, Narcissus
  • Employees
  • Moodey, Margaret W
  • History
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Women--History


  • Photographic print
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