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Oral history interviews with S. Dillon Ripley 1977-1993

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Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Henson, Pamela M  Search this
Ali, Sálim 1896-1987  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H  Search this
Hutchinson, G. Evelyn (George Evelyn) 1903-1991  Search this
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Heckscher, August 1913-1997  Search this
Anacostia Museum  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Museum  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Sackler Gallery of Art  Search this
Smithsonian Associates  Search this
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center  Search this
Charles Darwin Foundation  Search this
International Council for Bird Preservation  Search this
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources  Search this
Yale University  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
Peabody Museum of Natural History  Search this
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars  Search this
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Festival of American Folklife  Search this
Physical description:
48 audiotapes (Reference copies)
Collection descriptions
Oral history
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.
(1) Description in control file; (2) name index to transcript.
(1) Audiotapes, 38 hours; (2) transcript, circa 700 pages
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.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Ornithology  Search this
Art  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Conservation of natural resources  Search this
Folklife studies  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU009591
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives