The View From the Castle: Too much growth is proving a nightmare for universities and institutional museums as well as the population of the world

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley refers back to his April Smithsonian magazine "The View From the Castle" essay on the dangers of population growth leading to a rise in production, consumption, and pollution. Ripley relates this to the growth in universities, labeling them "megauniversities", and that growth will create diffusion, monotony, lack of community, administrative complexity and bureaucracy. To avoid such an outcome with museums, Ripley suggests several small museums, using innovated techniques to liven exhibits.


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Smithsonian Vol. 3, no. 3 (Journal)

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


June 1972


  • Education
  • Castle View
  • Museums
  • Population policy
  • Education, Higher
  • Museum techniques
  • Museums--Educational aspects

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