SI and Cuba Sign Memorandum of Understanding

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Secretary S. Dillon Ripley visits Cuba and signs a memorandum of understanding which was to further cooperation between the Smithsonian and the Cuban Academy of Sciences. The agreement was also signed by acting president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, Dr. Tirso W. Saenz, and is intended to restore scholarly exchanges that were interrupted in 1969 when the U.S. and Cuba severed relations. Visits to Cuba by four Smithsonian scientists (Porter Kier, Eugene S. Morton, James F. Lynch and Storrs Olson) in October and November 1980 marked the first projects under the treaty.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Sáenz, Tirso W
  • Academia de Ciencias de Cuba


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, "The Torch," May, 1980, p. 1.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1980. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981, p. 355.

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April 11, 1980





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