Belle da Costa Greene, (26 Nov. 1879-10 May 1950), librarian to J. P. Morgan and first director of the Pierpont Morgan Library (now the Morgan Library & Museum). 
Her first devotion and responsibility was the Morgan Library, but she was often called on to make significant contributions to other institutions, for which she was honored during her lifetime. In recognition of her public service, the governments of Belgium, France, and Italy decorated her. After World War I she was made a member of the Committee for the Restoration of the Louvain Library and was one of the first women accepted as a fellow of the Mediaeval Academy of America. She was a fellow in perpetuity of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a consultant to the Walters Art Gallery board of trustees, and a trustee of the Art Foundation, and she was elected to the board of the College Art Association, the Library Advisory Council of the Library of Congress, the Index Society, and the editorial boards of the Gazette des Beaux-Arts and Art News.
Read the full biography of her life, made free for Women’s History Month, from American National Biography Online.

Image credit: Pastel portrait of Belle da Costa Greene by Paul César Helleu ca. 1913, via Wikimedia Commons.

Belle da Costa Greene, (26 Nov. 1879-10 May 1950), librarian to J. P. Morgan and first director of the Pierpont Morgan Library (now the Morgan Library & Museum).

Her first devotion and responsibility was the Morgan Library, but she was often called on to make significant contributions to other institutions, for which she was honored during her lifetime. In recognition of her public service, the governments of Belgium, France, and Italy decorated her. After World War I she was made a member of the Committee for the Restoration of the Louvain Library and was one of the first women accepted as a fellow of the Mediaeval Academy of America. She was a fellow in perpetuity of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a consultant to the Walters Art Gallery board of trustees, and a trustee of the Art Foundation, and she was elected to the board of the College Art Association, the Library Advisory Council of the Library of Congress, the Index Society, and the editorial boards of the Gazette des Beaux-Arts and Art News.

Read the full biography of her life, made free for Women’s History Month, from American National Biography Online.

Image credit: Pastel portrait of Belle da Costa Greene by Paul César Helleu ca. 1913, via Wikimedia Commons.