S. Dillon Ripley, Keeper of The Castle

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The article highlights all of S. Dillon Ripley's accomplishments as Smithsonian Secretary from 1964 to 1982. The article also discusses Ripley's congressional hearings and his policies with antiwar demonstrators and with the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign. The additions of the Cooper-Hewitt, Renwick, Sackler, and Hirshhorn Museums are discussed. The article also delves into Ripley's childhood and the period of his life before his term as Secretary of the Institution, including his field work in India with Salim Ali, research on birds, especially rails, and tenure with the Office of Strategic Services.


  • Ali, Sálim 1896-1987
  • King, Martin Luther Jr. 1929-1968
  • Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Design
  • Office of Strategic Services
  • Poor People's Campaign
  • Renwick Gallery
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian Magazine


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The Washington Post (Newspaper)

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


November 7, 1982


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Rails (Birds)
  • Animals
  • Secretaries
  • Birds
  • Museums
  • Management
  • Successful people
  • Management--Museums
  • Museum directors
  • Ornithology



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