Deputy Director Mary Augusta Thomas Retires

Mary Augusta Thomas, deputy director of Smithsonian Libraries, will retire on September 27.

As deputy director, Mary Augusta directed the operations of 21 libraries located in each of the Smithsonian’s museums and research institutes. In addition, she has led the Libraries’ strategic planning and guided its administrative and preservation services, collections management, and the exhibition program. She curated An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in Smithsonian Libraries, 2002-2003, which appeared in the Smithsonian Libraries Gallery in the National Museum of American History; an earlier version entitled Voyages was installed at the Grolier Club in New York City. In 2018, she co-curated Magnificent Obsessions: Why We Collect, in celebration of the Libraries’ 50th anniversary.

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