Letter from Herbert G. Deignan to Alexander Wetmore, December 7,1944

ID: SIA2010-0851

Creator: Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-

Form/Genre: Document

Date: December 7, 1944

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 15, Folder: 5: Deignan, Herbert Girton

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A letter from Herbert G. Deignan, Assistant Curator of Birds, to Alexander Wetmore, Assistant Secretary, Director of U.S. National Museum, and later sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian, discusses Deignan's activities including collecting specimens while working as an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) agent during WWII.


  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Birds
  • Office of Strategic Services


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  • Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia. During World War II, Ceylon served as an important base for the Allied forces in the fight against the Japanese Empire.
  • Herbert G. Deignan (1906-1968), ornithologist, Assistant Curator of Birds in the United States National Museum, and authority on the birds of Thailand, amassed a large collection of birds for the United States National Museum (USNM). In 1938, he was appointed Scientific Aid in the Division of Birds, USNM, later curator.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 15, Folder: 5: Deignan, Herbert Girton

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December 7, 1944

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