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S. Dillon Ripley Oral History Interviews

Topic:
Smithsonian Magazine
Creator::
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon), 1913-2001, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
48 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Transcripts
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 Sálim Ali, August Heckscher, Joseph H. Hirshhorn, G. Evelyn Hutchinson, and Ralph Rinzler. The collection consists of 38.5 hours of audiotape recording and circa 831 pages of transcript.
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.
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Natural history  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9591, S. Dillon Ripley Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9591
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Interview begins a discussion of Ripley's role in the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, including his visit to the islands on his 1937 Crockett Expedition, a visit to Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal enroute, and birds obser...

Collection Creator::
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon), 1913-2001, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9591, S. Dillon Ripley Oral History Interviews
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Interview continues discussion of his work with the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, especially during the 1930s and 1950s, and the resolutions that led to the creation of the Foundation, 1930s-1950s.

Collection Creator::
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon), 1913-2001, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9591, S. Dillon Ripley Oral History Interviews
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Interview completed discussion of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands and his role in international conservation, 1930s-1993.

Collection Creator::
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon), 1913-2001, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9591, S. Dillon Ripley Oral History Interviews
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Ira Rubinoff Interviews

Creator::
Rubinoff, Ira, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
6 audiotapes (Reference copy).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Place:
Panama
Panama -- History -- American Invasion, 1989
Date:
1989-2010
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 student on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Ira Rubinoff was interviewed for the Oral History Collection because of his long and distinguished career as a researcher and administrator at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and role in central Smithsonian management.
Descriptive Entry:
These interviews by Pamela M. Henson, Historian, Smithsonian Institution Archives, cover Rubinoff's education, how he came to STRI, establishment of the marine biology program at STRI, fund raising and master planning for the island and other STRI sites, reminiscences of STRI staff and influential visitors, development of an international mission statement for STRI, the situation in Panama during the United States invasion in 1990, and his role in Smithsonian administration.

This collection is comprised of five interview sessions, totaling approximately 8.5 hours of recordings and 281 pages of transcript.
Historical Note:
Ira Rubinoff (1938- ) received his B.S. from Queens College in 1959. He continued his education at Harvard University, receiving his A.M. in 1961 and Ph.D. in biology in 1963. In 1964, Rubinoff became Biologist and Assistant Director of marine biology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama where he conducted research on the evolution of fishes. The Barro Colorado Island Research Station (BCI), in the Panama Canal Zone, was a tropical biology field station established in 1923 and run by a consortium of universities and government agencies. This Canal Zone Biological Area (CZBA), was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution in 1946 and was renamed the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in 1966. Rubinoff became the Assistant Director for Science at STRI in 1970, and in 1973 he assumed the directorship. During his tenure, he focused on creating infrastructure for scientists, fund raising, and the transition of the Panama Canal from United States to Panamanian control. Rubinoff also held many concurrent positions: member of the science advisory board for the Gorgas Memorial Institute; Chairman for the board of fellowships and grants of the Smithsonian Institution, 1978-1979; and member of the board of directors for the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands. In 2002 and 2007, Rubinoff served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Acting Undersecretary for Science during transition periods in central Smithsonian administration.
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Interviews  Search this
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Audiotapes
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Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9582, Ira Rubinoff Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9582
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Subject Files

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Science  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Place:
Diego Garcia Island
Date:
circa 1974-1983
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the correspondence and subject files of David Challinor, former Assistant Secretary for Science. The records document Challinor's association with the Front Royal Science Conference, Charles Darwin Foundation, and the Institute of Ecology. Also includes information pertaining to Smithsonian Science Bureau planning meetings, Scholarly Studies Program, and Diego Garcia Island.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Research  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 99-030, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Science, Subject Files
Identifier:
Accession 99-030
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Charles Darwin Foundation, 1982

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Science  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 99-030, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Science, Subject Files
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Subject Files
Subject Files / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 1 Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF): Account, 1974.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Science  Search this
Container:
Box 59 of 153
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 254, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Science, Records
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Records
Records / Series 3: GENERAL OFFICE FILES. / Box 59
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1970-1988
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the administration and activities of the Charles Darwin Foundation.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Research  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
Identifier:
Accession 88-160
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Accounts, 1970-1980

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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20th Anniversary Volume, 1978-1979

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records
Charles Darwin Foundation Records / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Beagle, 1978-1979

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records
Charles Darwin Foundation Records / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Beagle, 1978-1980

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records
Charles Darwin Foundation Records / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Beagle, 1980-1985

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records
Charles Darwin Foundation Records / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Beagle, 1985-1988

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records
Charles Darwin Foundation Records / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Charles Darwin Foundation and Charles Darwin Research Station Funding, 1981-1988

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records
Charles Darwin Foundation Records / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa88-160-refidd1e239

Charles Darwin Foundation Representation, 1973-1979

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records
Charles Darwin Foundation Records / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa88-160-refidd1e250

Construction, 1975-1984

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records
Charles Darwin Foundation Records / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa88-160-refidd1e261

Correspondence, 1975-1984

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-160, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Charles Darwin Foundation Records
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Charles Darwin Foundation Records
Charles Darwin Foundation Records / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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