United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds 1897-1947 Search this
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 8.08w x 10.49h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
January 4, 1944
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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.
Letter from S. Dillon Ripley to Herbert Friedmann, curator with the Division of Birds, United States National Museum, discusses collecting in Ceylon with a good Singhalese assistant and seeing W.W.A. Phillips. He also writes about places he would like to visit after the war.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 899, Folder: 170221