The View from the Castle: As long ago as 1868, this Institution was known for contributions to science and for bringing together the old and new worlds

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In his monthly comment page in "Smithsonian," Secretary S. Dillon Ripley notes that the strong ethic tradition on which the Smithsonian Institution was founded continues to the present, as the Institution continues to be an active, living organization to promote the "increase and diffusion of knowledge" to all. Ripley's thoughts were prompted by the rediscovery of an 1868 letter written by Secretary Joseph Henry to the U. S. Congress, asking for a small budget increase for public instruction and for renovation of the Castle building for public viewing. Ripley writes that it is impossible to equate what the Smithsonian has shared with the people to monies received, and states with pride that through the years the Smithsonian has always been in existence for all people and has served everyone well.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian Magazine


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Vol. 12, No. 10 (Journal)

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


January 1982


  • Smithsonian influence
  • Secretaries
  • Castle View
  • SI, Early History
  • Federal Government, Relations with SI

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