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

ID: SIA2010-0860

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Document

Date: July 25, 1944

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

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Summary

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.

Subject

  • 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)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • 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.

Contained within

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

Contact information

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

Date

July 25, 1944

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No restrictions

Topic

  • Archaeology
  • Animals
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Birds
  • Employees
  • Field work
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Ornithology--Field work
  • Fieldwork
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Place

Sri Lanka

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2010-0860

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 5h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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