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Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography
Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley tells of former Smithsonian Secretary, Charles D. Walcott's, desire to create "a society of friends" to aid the Institution in seeking endowment funds. A Special Committee, the forerunner of the National Associates of the Smithsonian, held a conference in February 1927, displaying research contributions and describing the urgent need for more funds. Ripley refers to the changing purpose of the Smithsonian, as outlined by the Special Committee in 1927, that the funds of the Smithsonian needed appropriations for caretaking and museum activities. Ripley stresses how, even today, that need has not changed.