Telegram about Ripley Shipment from Ceylon

ID: SIA2010-0560

Creator: Fyfe, Howard

Form/Genre: Document

Date: April 16, 1945

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

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Telegram from Howard Fyfe, United Dispatch Agent, New York City, to Herbert S. Bryant, chief of the Smithsonian Division of Correspondence and Documents, regarding a wooden case addressed to Fyfe's attention. Fyfe asks for confirmation that this box is intended for the museum at the Smithsonian.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Bryant, Herbert S 1878-1950
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds
  • United States National Museum
  • United Dispatch, Inc
  • Office of Strategic Services
  • Office of Correspondence and Documents


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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, SIA2010-0555, SIA2010-0561, SIA2010-0562 relating to the shipment by S. Dillon Ripley of bird specimens he collected during World War II in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and sent to the Smithsonian.

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April 16, 1945

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