The View From the Castle: Our idea for the National Associates of the Smithsonian was almost born in the days of Calvin Coolidge

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley tells of former Smithsonian Secretary, Charles D. Walcott's, desire to create "a society of friends" to aid the Institution in seeking endowment funds. A Special Committee, the forerunner of the National Associates of the Smithsonian, held a conference in February 1927, displaying research contributions and describing the urgent need for more funds. Ripley refers to the changing purpose of the Smithsonian, as outlined by the Special Committee in 1927, that the funds of the Smithsonian needed appropriations for caretaking and museum activities. Ripley stresses how, even today, that need has not changed.


  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Smithsonian Associates, The
  • National Associates
  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Board of Regents
  • United States National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Smithsonian Vol. 1, no. 3 (Journal)

Contact information

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


June 1970


  • Law
  • Castle View
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • SI, Early History
  • Endowments
  • Legislation

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p. 64

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