Dillon Ripley: Bird Man, Empire Builder, Charming Seducer, Patrician, Arrogant, Brilliant, Conspicuously Successful Keeper of the Nation's Attic

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Summary

Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley is interviewed about his childhood, Yale University days, his family, and his early influences. Early history of the founding of the Smithsonian Institiution and James Smithson is given. Ripley is asked to comment on his predessors. The article lists the museums Ripley has added to the Smithsonian along with his achievements in research, conservation, and preservation.

Subject

Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

The Washingtonian (Journal)

Contact information

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

Date

December 1979

Topic

  • Tenure
  • Animals
  • Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • SI, Early History
  • Birds
  • Successful people
  • Ornithology

Physical description

pp. 139-142, 208-217

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