Ripley's Believe It & Build: Shaping Washington & the Smithsonian

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The article lists all of Ripley's building accomplishments and surveys the affect Ripley's term as Secretary of the Smithsonian has had on the Institution as well as the D.C. area. The Renwick and Hirshhorn Museums are highlighted. A good portrayal of Ripley and his attitude towards his work is given along with the general sentiment of critics and supportors.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Owings, Nat
  • Brown, J. Carter
  • Smithsonian Magazine


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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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,


September 15, 1984


  • Secretaries
  • Successful people
  • SI Buildings
  • Retirement

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