Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 7.84w x 10.23h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
May 29, 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.
See Neg. SIA2010-0566 for Mrs. Ripley's letter
Letter from Herbert Friedmann, curator with the Division of Birds, United States National Museum, to Mrs. Constance Baillie Ripley, S. Dillon Ripley's mother, thanking her for her letter of May 21st relaying information that Dillon is faring well in Ceylon and that Smithsonian curator Herbert Deignan is with him.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 899, Folder: 170221