Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 7.84 w x 10.23 h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
November 26, 1944
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Future Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, formerly assistant curator in the Division of Birds, U.S. National Museum, 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. Having traveled widely in the South Pacific before the war, he knew the geography, natural history and languages of the region.
S. Dillon Ripley writes to Herbert Friedmann, Curator at the United States National Museum, Department of Biology, Division of Birds, about the bird collecting he has done while serving during World War II with the Office of Strategic Command in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. He also writes about people he has met and others who are also collectors.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 899, Folder: 170221