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Sidney Dillon Ripley Interviews

Creator:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon, 1913-2001 interviewee  Search this
Extent:
48 audiotapes (reference copies).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1977-1993
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

S. Dillon Ripley was interviewed for the Oral History Collection because of his role as an ornithologist and as the eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1964 to 1984.
Descriptive Entry:
Ripley was interviewed by Pamela M. Henson from 1977 to 1993 at his offices at the Smithsonian and at his home in Litchfield, Connecticut. These interviews 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. The collection consists of 38.5 hours of audiotape recording, circa 831 pages of transcript, and occupies 1.0 linear feet of shelf space. In total, this collection includes 35 original 5" reel-to-reel audiotapes, 18 original 7" reel-to-reel audiotapes, 18 preservation 7" reel-to-reel audiotapes, and 48 reference audiotape cassettes.

Restrictions: The recordings and transcripts of the S. Dillon Ripley Interviews cannot be used without the permission of his executor.
Historical Note:
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. He served briefly as a curator of birds at the National Museum of Natural History before joining the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. 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.
Rights:
Restricted.
Topic:
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
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9591, Ripley, Sidney Dillon, 1913-2001 interviewee, Sidney Dillon Ripley Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9591
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Sidney Dillon Ripley Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9591

Letter S. D. Ripley to Lyndon Johnson, June 22, 1965

Author:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Subject:
Johnson, Lyndon B (Lyndon Baines) 1908-1973  Search this
Corcoran, W. W (William Wilson) 1798-1888  Search this
Renwick, James 1818-1895  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Court of Claims Building  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
United States President (1963-1969 : Johnson)  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10.5h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Letters (correspondence)
Paper
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
June 22, 1965
Civil War, 1861-1865
1961-1970
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Interagency Transfers  Search this
History  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-1433 and SIA2011-1434
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_12966
Additional Online Media:

Happy Anniversary

Author:
Stamm, Richard E  Search this
Subject:
Howland, Richard H  Search this
Goode, James M  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Castle Collection  Search this
Office of Architectural History and Historic Preservation (OAHHP)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
p. 1
Date:
Spring/Summer 1994
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Anniversaries  Search this
Buildings--Repair and reconstruction  Search this
Furniture  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Publisher:
Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, Office of Architectural History & Historic Preservation
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_3817

Secretaries Carmichael, Abbot & Ripley

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group
Date:
This picture is post-1964
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
P6435-2 or MAH-P6435.2
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_5595

Senator Goldwater, Representative Boggs & Secretary Ripley

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Boggs, Lindy 3/13/1916-7/27/2013  Search this
Goldwater, Barry M (Barry Morris) 1909-  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8"w x 10"h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1977
Topic:
Celebrities and Dignitaries  Search this
Politicians--United States  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
2005-10438
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_5612

S. Dillon Ripley Standing by Duck Pond in Litchfield, Connecticut

Author:
Naltchayan, Harry  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
April 1969
Topic:
Duck pond  Search this
Litchfield, Connecticut  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-1488 and P65681
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_6817

S. Dillon and Mary Ripley Dancing

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Color; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Event
Date:
1982
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Dance  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Women  Search this
Standard number:
82-2321-23A
Restrictions & Rights:
Smithsonian Institution Archives - Restricted
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_6818

S. Dillon Ripley in Sailor Suit

Author:
Bachrach, Louis Fabian  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Sepia; Size: 11w x 14h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1918
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Children  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2009-0431
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_7309

S. Dillon Ripley Standing in Parlor

Author:
Phillips, Charles  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1978
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Standard number:
78-18450-36A or SIA78-18450-36A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8246

S. Dillon Ripley on Carousel

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Arts and Industries Building  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1977
Topic:
Merry-go-round  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Children  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
77-4394-24A or SIA77-4394-24A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8247

Sen. Humphrey Receives Henry Medal

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H (Hubert Horatio) 1911-1978  Search this
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1977
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Joseph Henry Medal  Search this
Celebrities and Dignitaries  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Politicians--United States  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
2003-19520
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8426

Secretary Ripley Presented Jefferson Award

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1974
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Awards and Honors  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Rewards (Prizes, etc.)  Search this
Thomas Jefferson Award  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
74-8630-8A
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8485

Secretary Ripley and Joseph Hirshhorn

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1974
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Openings  Search this
Benefactors  Search this
New Museums  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
74-9851-4
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8492

Archie Carr Receives 1975 Browning Award

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Smithsonian Council  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Event
Date:
1975
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Carr, Archie F  Search this
Edward F. Browning Award  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Rewards (Prizes, etc.)  Search this
Awards  Search this
Medals  Search this
Standard number:
75-12504-9A
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8498

Andrew F. Michaels' Retirement Ceremony

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1975
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Michaels, Andrew F  Search this
Buildings Management Department (BMD)  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
75-4436-13
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8510

Fontaine Maury Medal to Robert Mayer White

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Event
Date:
1976
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
White, Robert Mayer  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Rewards (Prizes, etc.)  Search this
Awards  Search this
Medals  Search this
Standard number:
76-15098-5
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8531

Ripley at House Subcommittee Hearing

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
United States Congress House  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1977
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Nedzi, Lucien N  Search this
Burton, John L  Search this
Committees  Search this
Representatives  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
77-13005-8A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8579

Secretary Ripley Testifying Before House

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Museum Support Center  Search this
United States Congress House  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1978
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Legislation  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
78-12074-10
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8601

Secretary Ripley Testifies Before House

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
United States Congress House  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1978
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Appropriations hearings  Search this
Legislative hearings--United States Congressional investigations  Search this
Congressional Hearings  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
78-2760-36A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8611

Retirement of James C. Bradley

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Bradley, James C. 1910-1984  Search this
Undersecretary  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Event
Date:
1972
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Exceptional Service Gold Medal  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Rewards (Prizes, etc.)  Search this
Awards  Search this
Medals  Search this
Standard number:
92-1658
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8671

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