Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 7.94w x 5.67h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
April 17, 1945
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Future Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, 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, SIA2010-0555, SIA2010-0558, 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 Howard Fyfe, agent for United Dispatch, that he would arrange customs examination of the box sent by S. Dillon Ripley from Colombo, Ceylon, at the United Dispatch location in New York, New York.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 899, Folder: 170221