The View From the Castle: The towers and turrets of the original Smithsonian building look to the past but, within, all thoughts are on the future

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley introduces the Smithsonian magazine by recounting the Smithsonian Institution's historic foundation. The purpose of the Smithsonian magazine, as stated by Ripley, is to add to the sum of human knowledge, thereby complying with the mandate of the Institution. Ripley also emphasizes the Institution's ability to adapt to the changes of contemporary times due to the Institution's grounding in applied research.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian Magazine


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Smithsonian Vol. 1, no.1 (Journal)

Contact information

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


April 1970


  • Law
  • Castle View
  • SI, Early History
  • Museums
  • Periodicals, Publishing of
  • Research
  • Legislation
  • Museum publications

Physical description

p. 2

Full Record

View Full Record