Memorandum from Alexander Wetmore to H.W. Dorsey, July 25, 1944

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Memorandum from Alexander Wetmore, Assistant Secretary, Director of the U.S. National Museum, and later sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian to H.W. Dorsey, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary and supervisor of the International Exchange Service, asking nine copies of the Field Collector's Manual, given to servicemen in WWII, be sent to Herbert G. Deignan, Assistant Curator of Birds, who was working as an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) agent in Ceylon during the war.


  • Dorsey, Harry W 1874-1960
  • Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-
  • Field Collector's Manual in Natural History
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Birds
  • Office of Strategic Services
  • International Exchange Service (IES)


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  • Written by Alexander Wetmore, Assistant Secretary, Director of the U.S. National Museum, and later sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian, July 25, 1944.
  • "A Field Collector's Manual in Natural History" (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1944), was prepared by members of the staff of the Smithsonian Institution. The manual, with directions on collecting natural history specimens, was sent to soldiers stationed abroad during World War II who wished to collect specimens for the United States National Museum.
  • 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.

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

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July 25, 1944

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