Telegram from Herbert S. Bryant to Dispatch Agent

ID: SIA2010-0561

Creator: Bryant, Herbert S 1878-1950

Form/Genre: Document

Date: April 14, 1945

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

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Telegram from Herbert S. Bryant, director of the Division of Correspondence and Documents for the U.S. National Museum, to Howard Fyfe, United Dispatch Agent, New York City, regarding a wooden case addressed to his attention for the Smithsonian Institution, Division of Birds. Bryant asks if the box has arrived. This box contains bird skins and one skeleton collected and sent by S. Dillon Ripley from Ceylon where he was serving with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Fyfe, Howard
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds
  • United States National Museum
  • Office of Correspondence and Documents
  • United Dispatch, Inc
  • Office of Strategic Services


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  • 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 bird specimens he collected there to the United States National Museum, Division of Birds. Having traveled widely in the South Pacific before the war, he knew the geography, natural history and languages of the region.
  • See Neg. Numbers SIA2010-0556, SIA2010-0557, SIA2010-0558, SIA2010-0559, SIA2010-0560, SIA2010-0555, SIA2010-0562 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

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


April 14, 1945

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  • World War, 1939-1945
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