Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 7.94w x 10.18h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
April 17, 1945
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Future 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 specimens he collected there to the United States National Museum, Division of Birds. Having traveled widely in the South Pacific before the war, he knew the geography, natural history, and languages of the region.
See Neg. Numbers SIA2010-0556, SIA2010-0557, SIA2010-0555, SIA2010-0559, SIA2010-0560, SIA2010-0561, SIA2010-0562 relating to the shipment by S. Dillon Ripley of bird specimens he collected during World War II in Ceylon, (now Sri Lanka), and sent to the Smithsonian.
Telegram from Herbert S. Bryant, Chief of the Office of Correspondence and Documents, U.S. National Museum, to Howard Fyfe, agent with United Dispatch, to forward to the National Museum the box mentioned in Fyfe's telegram of the 16th.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 899, Folder: 170221