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Brief article concerns S. Dillon Ripley's upcoming retirement and the appointment of Robert McCormick Adams to succeed Ripley as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Mentions are made of the Smithsonian's popularity and size, and the article claims the post of Secretary is "widely considered to be America's highest cultural position." Ripley's 20-year tenure is discussed, with attention given both to museum expansions and dealings with the U.S. Congress regarding Smithsonian funding.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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The Economist (Journal)

Contact information

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


January 28, 1984


  • Museum buildings
  • Museum finance
  • Secretaries
  • Museums

Physical description

"American Survey" Section, pgs. 27-28

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