S. Dillon Ripley II: The Smithsonian's Elegant Bird Man Flies High

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The article covers the first eleven years of Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley's term in office. Ripley's renowned charm and achievements, such as the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and Folklife Festival, are highlighted, as well as his manipulative powers and attacks from his foremost critics. Other achievements and criticisms are discussed at some length. The article looks at Ripley's present ornithology work and delves into his past, talking about his family history and personal history.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston
  • Ali, Sálim 1896-1987


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People Vol. 3, 11 (Journal)

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


March 24, 1975


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