Elmira Bier graduated from Goucher College and began working as Duncan Phillips’s secretary in 1923. She went on to direct the music concert series beginning in 1941, encouraging young musicians to expand their repertoire to include works that were off the beaten track.
Ten members of Minnie Byers’s family came from as far away as Texas to see the archival exhibition Women of Influence: Minnie Byers, Elmira Bier, and Marjorie Phillips. Materials related to the life of Minnie Byers include correspondence, photographs, and images of paintings that she owned which were gifted to her by Duncan Phillips.
Women of Influence: Elmira Bier, Minnie Byers, and Marjorie Phillips is the current Reading Room exhibition just outside of the Phillips’s library, and examines the critical role that each woman played in the day to day activities of The Phillips Collection. Elmira Bier first started working at the Phillips in 1923, two years after the museum opened to the public, and retired in 1972.