Smithsonian Libraries 50th Anniversary Lecture - Writing Dillon Ripley: From Archive to Book

Writing Dillon Ripley: From Archive to Book
A talk with Roger D. Stone and Stephen T. Moskey

Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at 5:30 pm
S. Dillon Ripley Center Lecture Hall

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Author Roger D. Stone and historical researcher Skip Moskey join together to tell the story of the central role that the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley papers played in the development and publication of Stone’s 2017 book, The Lives of Dillon Ripley: Natural Scientist, Wartime Spy, & Pioneering Leader of the Smithsonian Institution (University Press of New England). Research for the book required more than five months of full-time research into several hundred boxes of Ripley’s institutional, family, and personal papers that are housed in the Smithsonian Archives. Stone and Moskey will discuss how they coordinated the complexities of archival research involving papers that span more than a century.  They will also share slides of some of their favorite items and documents that illustrate Ripley’s fascinating and at times surprising life.

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(Image Courtesy Smithsonian Institution Archives.)