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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.
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 19, Folder: 25
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
SIA2010-1672 or 91-2158
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