Handwritten Note Regarding Ripley's Specimen Box

ID: SIA2010-0562

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Document

Date: April 1945

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

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Handwritten note detailing the shipping arrangements to the Smithsonian Institution of a wooden box containing S. Dillon Ripley's bird specimens that he collected in Ceylon where he was serving with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Office of Strategic Services
  • Office of Correspondence and Documents


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  • Future 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 bird 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, SIA2010-0555 relating to the shipment by S. Dillon Ripley of bird skins from Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, to the Smithsonian during World War II.

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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


April 1945


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


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