Expanding the museum complex took vision and hard work

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Addresses the growth of art facilities at the Smithsonian Institution during the S. Dillon Ripley years as Secretary of the Smithsonian. Discusses the creation of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Renwick Gallery, the acquisition of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Museum of African Art by the Smithsonian, the restoration of the Old Patent Office Building to house the National Collection of Fine Arts, and Ripley's plans for the Smithsonian's Center for African, Near Eastern and Asian Cultures.


  • Hirshhorn, Joseph H
  • Johnson, Lyndon B (Lyndon Baines) 1908-1973
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library
  • Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Fine Arts and Portrait Galleries Building (FA&PG)
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • Renwick Gallery
  • S. Dillon Ripley International Center
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution General History


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Bliss was a public affairs officer at the Smithsonian Institution.

Contained within

The Torch (Newspaper) No. 84-2

Contact information

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


February 1984


  • Art
  • Art museums
  • Architecture
  • Secretaries
  • Museums
  • History
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Philanthropists
  • Gifts
  • Smithsonian Institution Quadrangle Complex
  • Presidents
  • Private collections
  • Retirement
  • Art--History
  • Art objects
  • Buildings
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Presidents' spouses
  • Art--Private collections
  • Art--Collectors and collecting
  • Museum curators
  • Museum directors


  • United States
  • Washington (D.C.)

Physical description

A Special Supplement to the Smithsonian Torch, pp. S1, S6

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