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S. Dillon Ripley

Artist:
Giacomo Manzù, 1908 - Jan 1991
Sitter:
S. Dillon Ripley, 1913 - 2001
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
27.9 cm (11")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
c. 1974
Topic:
S. Dillon Ripley: Literature\Writer\Scientific
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist\Ornithologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
S/NPG.2011.151
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S. Dillon Ripley

Artist:
Albert Ketcham Murray, 29 Dec 1906 - 24 Mar 1992
Sitter:
S. Dillon Ripley, 1913 - 2001
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
91.5 x 76.2 cm (36 x 30")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1968
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Handkerchief
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
Clothing & Apparel\Jewelry\Watch\Wrist watch
S. Dillon Ripley: Literature\Writer\Scientific
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist\Ornithologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
S/NPG.2011.149
Rights:
© Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund
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S. Dillon Ripley

Artist:
Michael Arthur Worden Evans, 1944 - 1 Dec 2005
Sitter:
S. Dillon Ripley, 1913 - 2001
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 55.6cm x 44.9cm (21 7/8" x 17 11/16")
Sheet: 60.5cm x 50.7cm (23 13/16" x 19 15/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1984
Topic:
S. Dillon Ripley: Literature\Writer\Scientific
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist\Ornithologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Portrait Project, Inc.
Object number:
S/NPG.92.269
Rights:
© Michael Evans
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S. Dillon Ripley and Salim Ali

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Ali, Sálim 1896-1987
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Place:
India
Date:
1976
Topic:
Binoculars
Camera
Collectors and collecting
Field Work
Firearms
Ornithologists
Ornithology
Scientific expeditions
Secretariats
Secretaries
Standard number:
SIA2007-0154 and 2005-7934
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian (1964-1984) S. Dillon Ripley (1913-2001) and Salim Ali (1896-1987) standing on a high hill. Ripley is holding a gun in his right hand and both men have binoculars around their necks. Ali is holding a camera in his right hand. Ripley went to India to do research with Ali for their book "Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan."
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 613, Box 417, Folder: Photographs Ripleys in India
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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S. Dillon Ripley on "Smithsonian World," 1984.

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2012-12-10T18:46:09.000Z
Topic:
Museum administration
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
S. Dillon Ripley on "Smithsonian World," 1984.
Description:
During Episode 108 ("A Desk in the Jungle") of the "Smithsonian World" television series, host David McCullough talked with S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution, at the National Zoological Park. Ripley, a noted ornithologist, described the courting rituals of ducks. "Smithsonian World" was a co-production of the Smithsonian Institution and WETA-TV. This episode was underwritten by the James S. McDonnell Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Executive producer and director, Martin Carr; writer, Michael Winship. This video is part of the records from the Smithsonian's Office of Telecommunications which can be viewed here - http://siarchives.si.edu/collections/siris_arc_278666.
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174
Video Duration:
3 min 40 sec
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Oral history interviews with S. Dillon Ripley 1977-1993

Interviewee:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
Creator:
Henson, Pamela M
Subject:
Ali, Sálim 1896-1987
Hirshhorn, Joseph H
Hutchinson, G. Evelyn (George Evelyn) 1903-1991
Rinzler, Ralph
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
Heckscher, August 1913-1997
Anacostia Museum
Cooper-Hewitt Museum
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
Renwick Gallery
Sackler Gallery of Art
Smithsonian Associates
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Charles Darwin Foundation
International Council for Bird Preservation
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
Yale University
Harvard University
Peabody Museum of Natural History
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
Smithsonian Magazine
Festival of American Folklife
Physical description:
48 audiotapes (Reference copies)
Type:
Interviews
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1977
1977-1993
Topic:
Ornithology
Art
Aeronautics
Conservation of natural resources
Folklife studies
Natural history
Museum techniques
Local number:
SIA RU009591
Notes:
S. Dillon Ripley (1913- 2001), ornithologist and eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, developed an interest in natural history in his youth. He received the B.A. from Harvard University in 1936 and the Ph.D. from Yale University in 1943. From 1946 to 1963, he was on the faculty of Yale University and served as Director of their Peabody Museum from 1959 to 1963. In 1964, he was appointed Secretary of the Smithsonian. During his twenty year tenure as Secretary, he oversaw the development of the Anacostia Museum, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Festival of American Folklife, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African Art, Renwick Gallery, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Associates, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and Smithsonian magazine. Ripley was also involved in numerous conservation organizations, including the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, International Council for Bird Preservation, and International Union for the Conservation of Nature. His interests in international affairs also led him to play a role in the foundation of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Summary:
These interviews of Ripley by Pamela M. Henson cover his youth, early interests in natural history, education, career on the faculty at Yale, field work and expeditions, tenure as Secretary of the Smithsonian, involvement in international conservation efforts, and reminiscences of individuals, including Salim Ali, August Heckscher, Joseph H. Hirshhorn, G. Evelyn Hutchinson, and Ralph Rinzler.
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S. Dillon Ripley

Author:
Challinor, David
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-
Ali, Sálim 1896-1987
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
American Museum of Natural History
Peabody Museum of Natural History
S. Dillon Ripley International Center
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Number of pages: 6 Page numbers: 297-302
Place:
South Asia
Date:
September 2003
Topic:
Management--Museums
Museums
Ornithology
Secretaries
Smithsonian Institution
Biography
Awards
Smithsonian influence
Learned institutions and societies
Museum finance
Birds
Publisher:
American Philosophical Society
Category:
Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography
Notes:
Author is Senior Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution.
Summary:
The author of this Biographical Memoir lauds the personal attributes and public accomplishments of his mentor, S. Dillon Ripley, the eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Written by one of Ripley's assistant secretaries, the memoir reviews Ripley's family background and cites influences experienced during his youth, such as a trek with his mother to India and Tibet when he was 13 years old. Early interest in ornithology developed into decades-long research with Salim Ali to produce the 10-volume "Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan." Ripley graduated from Yale University and received a Ph.D. from Harvard; as a graduate student he worked in the bird division of both the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum.
After World War II service in the OSS in Southeast Asia, Ripley joined the Yale biology faculty, and in 1960 was appointed director of the university's Peabody Museum of Natural History. His tenure there was marked by several innovations, such as organizing an associates group of volunteers and financial supporters. In 1964, he agreed to take on the position of Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, thus beginning what is known as "the golden years of the Smithsonian." Over the course of the next twenty years, S. Dillon Ripley led the Smithsonian through a period of tremendous growth and influence, while always strongly protecting the independence of the Institution. Ripley's accomplishments were known nationally and world-wide, and he was given many honorary degrees and awards, including the President's Medal of Freedom in 1985.
He had boundless curiosity, paid special attention to detail, but since he viewed his role as conceiving imaginative plans and ideas, had a management style strongly based on delegating authority. Ripley insisted on loyalty and expected quality up and down the hierarchy. His ability as a prodigious fund raiser was evidenced by the $37.5 million he raised to match a Congressional appropriation to build two new underground museums beneath the gardens south of the Castle; adjoining conference and exhibit space constitute the Ripley Center. The author describes Ripley as an individual with both class and stature, and comments that Ripley's standards were high, but all who worked for him, as well as millions of Smithsonian Institution visitors, benefited from the accomplishments of an extraordinary man.
Contained within:
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Vol. 147, Number 3 (Journal)
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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S. Dillon Ripley

Artist:
Una Hanbury, 1904 - 9 Feb 1990
Sitter:
S. Dillon Ripley, 1913 - 2001
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
47.6 cm (18 3/4")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1977
Topic:
S. Dillon Ripley: Literature\Writer\Scientific
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist\Ornithologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
S/NPG.2011.150
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S. Dillon Ripley

Artist:
Robert Winthrop White, 1921 - 21 Sep 2002
Sitter:
S. Dillon Ripley, 1913 - 2001
Medium:
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions:
50.8cm x 39.4cm (20" x 15 1/2"), Accurate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1964
Topic:
S. Dillon Ripley: Literature\Writer\Scientific
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist\Ornithologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of S. Dillon Ripley
Object number:
S/NPG.64.1
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S. Dillon Ripley

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Former attribution:
Arnold A. Newman, 3 Mar 1918 - 6 Jun 2006
Sitter:
S. Dillon Ripley, 1913 - 2001
Medium:
Color photograph
Dimensions:
25.3cm x 20.2cm (9 15/16" x 7 15/16"), Accurate
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1965
Topic:
Symbols & Motifs\Medal
Interior
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Artwork\Painting
Clothing & Apparel\Academic cap and gown
S. Dillon Ripley: Literature\Writer\Scientific
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist\Ornithologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the Smithsonian Institution Castle
Object number:
NPG.78.184
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S. Dillon Ripley

Artist:
Robert Winthrop White, 1921 - 21 Sep 2002
Sitter:
S. Dillon Ripley, 1913 - 2001
Medium:
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions:
33cm x 24.1cm (13" x 9 1/2"), Accurate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1964
Topic:
S. Dillon Ripley: Literature\Writer\Scientific
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist\Ornithologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of S. Dillion Ripley
Object number:
S/NPG.84.232
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S. Dillon Ripley

Artist:
Walker Kirtland Hancock, 1901 - 30 Dec 1998
Sitter:
S. Dillon Ripley, 1913 - 2001
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
59.7cm x 62.9cm (23 1/2" x 24 3/4"), Accurate
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1988
Topic:
Symbols & Motifs\Medal
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
Clothing & Apparel\Robe
S. Dillon Ripley: Literature\Writer\Scientific
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist\Ornithologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary
S. Dillon Ripley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist
S. Dillon Ripley: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Barra Foundation
Object number:
S/NPG.89.24
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Systematic notes on a collection of birds from Kenya

Author:
Ripley, S. Dillon
Bond, Gorman M.
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1971
Citation:
Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 111: 1-21.
Doi:
10.5479/si.00810282.111
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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Rails of the world : a compilation of new information, 1975-1983 (Aves: Rallidae)

Author:
Ripley, S. Dillon
Beehler, Bruce McP
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1985
Topic:
Natural History
Vertebrates
Animals
Zoology
Citation:
Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 417: 1-28.
Doi:
10.5479/si.00810282.417
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Vertebrate Zoology
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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S. Dillon Ripley (Mrs.) [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data:
Smithsonian Libraries
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Portrait: S. Dillon Ripley

Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-
Physical description:
pp. 332-334
Date:
1966
Topic:
Secretaries
Biography
Bibliography
Category:
Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography
Notes:
Includes photograph, and source list.
Summary:
Work consists of a brief biography of S. Dillon Ripley. Includes information on youth and education, the start of his career with the Smithsonian, and how the Smithsonian flourished under his regime. Includes list of his writings, professional societies, and honors.
Contained within:
Current Biography Vol. 27 (Journal)
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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S. Dillon Ripley

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1978
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Standard number:
78-2757-13A
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in the "Torch," June 1983. Also found in the "Torch" supplement, September 1987.
Summary:
Eighth Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley (1964-1984).
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, Folder: June 1983
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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S. Dillon Ripley Family

Author:
Budney, Thomas
Subject:
Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-
Ripley, Rosemary L
Addison, Sylvia McNeill Ripley
Miller, Julie Dillon Ripley
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 4w x 6h; Type of Image: Group; Medium: Photographic print
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
c. 1983
Topic:
Grounds
Secretaries
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Secretariats
Standard number:
SIA2007-0068
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
On the Mall outside of the Smithsonian Institution Building, the family of Eighth Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley are arranged in a pose similar to one of the first Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry and his family (see Neg. # 2002-12181). From left to right: Sylvia M. Ripley, Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, Mary Livingston Ripley, Julie D. Ripley, and Rosemary L. Ripley.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 07-078, Box 1, Folder 3
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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S. Dillon Ripley, Keeper of The Castle

Author:
Lardner, James
Subject:
Ali, Sálim 1896-1987
King, Martin Luther Jr. 1929-1968
Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
National Museum of Design
Office of Strategic Services
Poor People's Campaign
Renwick Gallery
United States Congress
Smithsonian Magazine
Physical description:
Show, p. H1
Place:
India
Date:
November 7, 1982
Topic:
Successful people
Management--Museums
Museum directors
Ornithology
Rails (Birds)
Scientific expeditions
Secretaries
Category:
Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography
Summary:
The article highlights all of S. Dillon Ripley's accomplishments as Smithsonian Secretary from 1964 to 1982. The article also discusses Ripley's congressional hearings and his policies with antiwar demonstrators and with the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign. The additions of the Cooper-Hewitt, Renwick, Sackler, and Hirshhorn Museums are discussed. The article also delves into Ripley's childhood and the period of his life before his term as Secretary of the Institution, including his field work in India with Salim Ali, research on birds, especially rails, and tenure with the Office of Strategic Services.
Contained within:
The Washington Post (Newspaper)
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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S. Dillon Ripley Honored with Sculpture

Author:
Vargas, Rick
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-
Smithsonian Institution Quadrangle Complex
S. Dillon Ripley International Center
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 9.5w x 7.5h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Event
Date:
May 11, 1990
Topic:
Secretaries
Sculpture
Walker Hancock (Sculpture)
Secretariats
Busts
Awards and Honors
Art works
Standard number:
SIA2010-0382 and 90-6871-23
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in Torch, July 1990
Summary:
Secretary Emeritus S. Dillon Ripley stands next to the newly unveiled Walker Hancock sculpture that honors Ripley for his 20-year tenure as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and for initiating the 'Quadrangle Project,' which included the S. Dillon Ripley International Center, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, National Museum of African Art and Enid A. Haupt Garden. The bust was unveiled on May 11, 1990.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-015, Box 2, Folder: July 1990
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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