In Defense of the Deal: A Rebuttal to S. Dillon Ripley's and Wilcomb Washburn's "Response"

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Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Washburn, Wilcomb E
  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Notes

This is the third article in a debate over an episode in the history of the Smithsonian. In Orosz's original article, "Disloyalty, Dismissal, and a Deal: The Development of the National Museum at the Smithsonian Institution, 1845-1855," Museum Studies Journal 2 (1986): 22-33, he argued that after Secretary Joseph Henry dismissed the Librarian, Charles Coffin Jewett, in order to devote fewer resources to the Library, Henry made a deal with Spencer Baird, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, in which Baird was allowed to develop the National Museum in return for his loyalty during the Jewett crisis. This point of view was critiqued in S. Dillon Ripley and Wilcomb E. Washburn, "The Development of the National Museum at the Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1855: A Response to Joel J. Orosz's Article," Museum Studies Journal 2 (1987): 6-11. Orosz offers additional support for his original article in this response.

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Museum Studies Journal Vol. 3 (Journal)

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

Date

1987

Topic

  • Assistant Secretaries
  • Secretaries
  • Controversies
  • SI, Early History
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Management
  • Management--Museums

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pp. 7-12

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