Robert Ridgway

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In the 1880s, Robert Ridgway, Smithsonian Curator of the Division of Birds, sits at his desk located on the fifth floor of the South Tower, in the Smithsonian Institution Building, the "Castle". The room was reached by a flight of stone steps, which Ridgway delighted in bounding up two at a time. Ridgway worked in the South Tower from about 1875 to 1895. This was an extremely prolific period, during which he published over 300 articles on birds.


  • Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 19, Folder: 25

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



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  • Person, candid

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SIA2010-1672 or 91-2158

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Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 8w x 10h ; Type of Image: Person, candid ; Medium: Photographic print

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