The View From the Castle: The death of the seventh secretary comes as a personal as well as a professional loss for the Smithsonian

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley reflects on the term of former Secretary Leonard Carmichael, who passed away on September 19, 1973. Ripley tells of the support and impact Carmichael has had on his own term as Secretary of the Smithsonian. Ripley cites three major events of Carmichael's eleven year term at the Smithsonian: the opening of the National Museum of History and Technology, the consortium in Cambridge between Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the renovation of the Old U.S. Patent Office to house the National Portrait Gallery and the National Collection of Fine Arts.


  • Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Fine Arts and Portrait Galleries Building (FA&PG)
  • Harvard College Observatory
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Vol. 4, no. 8 (Journal)

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


  • November 1973
  • 19th century


  • Art
  • Observatories
  • Openings
  • Secretaries
  • Castle View
  • Deaths
  • New Museums
  • History
  • Art--History


United States

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