Accession Memorandum #170221-Donation by S. Dillon Ripley

ID: SIA2010-0555

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Document

Date: May 5, 1945

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 899, Folder: 170221

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Summary

Accession Memorandum form of the United States National Museum records the donation by S. Dillon Ripley, of 239 bird skins and one skeleton, which he had collected in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka, and sent by him to the Department of Biology, Division of Birds.

Author

Unknown

Subject

  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds
  • United States National Museum
  • Office of the Registrar
  • Office of Strategic Services

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • Future Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, formerly assistant curator in the Division of Birds, 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. As an avid bird collector, Ripley maintained contact with the Smithsonian and donated specimens he collected. He knew the geography, natural history, and languages of the region, having traveled widely in the South Pacific before the war.
  • See Neg. Numbers SIA2010-0556, SIA2010-0557, SIA2010-0558, SIA2010-0559, SIA2010-0560, SIA2010-0561, SIA2010-0562 relating to the shipment by S. Dillon Ripley of birds from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to the Smithsonian during World War II.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 899, Folder: 170221

Contact information

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

Date

May 5, 1945

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Animals
  • Accessions
  • Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Specimens
  • Birds
  • Employees
  • Collecting and collections
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Place

Sri Lanka

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2010-0555

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 6.43w x 9.64h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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