Museum of History and Technology has 'Moral Responsibility' Essay by S.D. Ripley

ID: SIA2016-011466

Creator: Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001

Form/Genre: Document

Date: February 1969

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371, Box 1, Folder: The Torch, Feb 1969, Page 4

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Summary

Article from Smithsonian staff newsletter, the "Torch," written by Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley reflecting on the appointment of a new director, Daniel Boorstin, for the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. Ripley believes the Museum of History and Technology has a "moral responsibility to consider its exhibits for the effect that they might have" on people. He does not want the museum to become fossilized, nor does he want money to be a reason the museum becomes stagnant. He thinks the museum needs to focus more on ethnic minorities and correct oversights in history.

Subject

  • Boorstin, Daniel J (Daniel Joseph) 1914-
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)

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Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Smithsonian Institution. The "Torch." February 1969. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371, Box 1, Folder: The Torch, Feb 1969, Page 4

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

February 1969

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Topic

  • Appointments
  • Museums
  • Cultural policy
  • Museum directors

Place

  • District of Columbia
  • United States
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Washington

Form/Genre

Document

ID Number

SIA2016-011466

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 11.5w x 17h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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