Photograph portrait of Lindsay Hughes Cooper, Assistant to the Curator of Asian Art and Acting Curator of Asian Art at William Rockhill Gallery of Art and Mary Atkins Museum of Fine Arts during WWII (1932-1946; 1970-1977). Initially hired in 1933 for tasks such as sewing, dusting, and polishing, Lindsay's industriousness and intelligence led Director Paul Gardner to allow her to write guides, give lectures, write plays for children’s classes, run the library, and develop a radio program to dramatize the collection. She became Laurence Sickman’s assistant when he was hired as Curator of Asian Art in 1935 and was named Acting Curator of Asian Art during Sickman's duties in WWII. She left the museum in 1946 but returned in 1970 as Sickman's assistant and stayed until his retirement in 1977.


  • Title: Portrait of Lindsay Hughes
  • Date Created: around 1945
  • Physical Dimensions: 8in x 10in
  • Type: Photographic prints
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  • Source: Lindsay Hughes Cooper Papers, MSS 013, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Archives, Kanas City, Mo.

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