Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 7.69w x 10.05h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
May 8, 1945
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Future Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, formerly assistant curator in the Division of Birds, volunteered for service during World War II with the Office of Strategic Services, predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency. Stationed in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, he continued his ornithological passion with bird watching in his free time. As an avid bird collector, Ripley maintained contact with the Smithsonian and donated bird specimens he collected. He knew the geography, natural history, and languages of the region, having traveled widely in the South Pacific before the war.
See Neg. Numbers SIA2010-0555, SIA2010-0557, SIA2010-0558, SIA2010-0559, SIA2010-0560, SIA2010-0561, SIA2010-0562 relating to the shipment by S. Dillon Ripley of bird skins from Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, to the Smithsonian during World War II.
Letter from Smithsonian Assistant Secretary Alexander Wetmore to S. Dillon Ripley acknowledges the donation and receipt of 239 bird skins and one skeleton Ripley collected in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, and sent to the U.S. National Museum for their collection.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 899, Folder: 170221