Letter from Sammy Ray to Alexander Wetmore, November 18, 1944

ID: SIA2010-0619 and SIA2010-0620 and SIA2010-0621 and SIA2010-0622 and SIA2010-0623 and SIA2010-0624 and SIA2010-0625

Creator: Ray, Sammy M (Sammy Mehedy) 1919-

Form/Genre: Document

Date: November 18, 1944

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit: 192, Box: 557, Folder: 166401-166425

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Summary

A seven page letter written by Sammy M. Ray, a Pharmacist's Mate I/C in the U.S. Navy, from 1942-1945, to then Acting Secretary Alexander Wetmore on November 18, 1944. Ray and Wetmore maintained an active correspondence throughout Ray's tour of duty. The letter discusses Ray's activities collecting, primarily birds, in the Pacific Islands during World War II. The letter details the specimens Ray has collected for the United States National Museum (USNM). Additionally, Ray enlightens Wetmore about living conditions, battling disease and war engagements in the Pacific. Ray was one of the many of the soldiers who collected specimens for the USNM during the war. Ray's specimens are housed in the National Museum of Natural History.

Subject

  • Ray, Sammy M (Sammy Mehedy) 1919-
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • United States Navy
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Collections

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

The seven page letter is made up of negative numbers SIA2010-0619 to SIA2010-0625.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit: 192, Box: 557, Folder: 166401-166425

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

  • November 18, 1944
  • 20th century

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Topic

  • Veterans
  • Letters
  • Birds
  • Field work
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Letter writing
  • Archaeology
  • Animals
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Documents
  • Specimens
  • Collection and preservation
  • Acting Secretaries
  • Military
  • Fieldwork
  • Armed Forces
  • Birds--Collection and preservation
  • Ornithology
  • Ornithology--Field work

Place

Islands of the Pacific

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper
  • Letters (correspondence)

ID Number

SIA2010-0619 and SIA2010-0620 and SIA2010-0621 and SIA2010-0622 and SIA2010-0623 and SIA2010-0624 and SIA2010-0625

Physical description

Number of Images: 7 Color: Color; Size: 6.25w x 10h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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