Secretary Ripley Cutting Anniversary Cake

ID: 74-1309-4A or 74-1309.4A

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1974

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 2

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Eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution S. Dillon Ripley (1964-1984) cuts a cake at his 10th anniversary as Secretary of the Smithsonian party in the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB), the "Castle," on February 26, 1974. Visible in this photograph are: Waldo LaSalle Schmitt (Honorary Research Associate, Invertebrate Zoology, 1957-1977), Alexander Wetmore (sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1944-1952), Mrs. S. Dillon [Mary] Ripley, and David Challinor (Assistant Secretary for Science, 1971-1985).


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Schmitt, Waldo L (Waldo Lasalle) 1887-1977
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston
  • Challinor, David
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


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Featured in TORCH, April 1974

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 2

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74-1309-4A or 74-1309.4A

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print

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