The View From the Castle: Take two freight cars of specimens, add time and energy--eventually you'll get a natural history museum

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Framed by the history of the Museum of Natural History and its creator, second Smithsonian Secretary, Spencer F. Baird, current Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley correlates current and future projects of the museum. Some of Baird's successful projects, such as the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries in 1871, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution research center, the National Museum, and the Bureau of Ethnology, are mentioned throughout Ripley's essay.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • United States Fish Commission
  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • National Museum of Man at the Smithsonian


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Smithsonian Vol. 1, no. 11 (Journal)

Contact information

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


February 1971


  • Castle View
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • SI, Early History
  • Fisheries
  • Ichthyology
  • Anthropology
  • Administrative agencies


Woods Hole (Mass.)

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