Of Kings' Treasuries

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Lofty descriptions of Washington, D.C.'s design in general and the Mall area in particular, concentrating on three museums of the Smithsonian Institution (Natural History, American History, and Air and Space) and their contents. Also discusses Secretary S. Dillon Ripley's introduction of the Festival of American Folklife and other innovations designed to encourage more public use of the Mall. Twelve sources used by the author are cited at the conclusion of the article.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Festival of American Folklife


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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New England Review Vol. 14 (Journal)

Contact information

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


Fall 1991


  • Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Public programs


  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)

Physical description

p. 164-94

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