Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 5.69w x 7.59h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
May 21, 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 (OSS), 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.
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Page 1 of letter from Mrs. Constance Baillie Ripley, S. Dillon Ripley's mother, to Herbert Friedmann, curator with the Division of Birds, United States National Museum, telling him about Dillon's planned weekend at the plantation of Major W.W.A. Phillips, a premier bird authority of the island of Ceylon.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 899, Folder: 170221