Telegram from Herbert S. Bryant to Howard Fyfe

ID: SIA2010-0559

Creator: Bryant, Herbert S 1878-1950

Form/Genre: Document

Date: April 17, 1945

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

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Telegram from Herbert S. Bryant, chief of the Division of Correspondence and Documents of the Smithsonian to Howard Fyfe, United Dispatch Agent, requesting shipment in bond of a box labeled "Colombo" containing S. Dillon Ripley's collection of bird specimens, and that the box be opened at the Smithsonian under expert direction. This telegram is in reply to Howard Fyfe's telegram that he would arrange customs examination at his location in New York, New York.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Fyfe, Howard
  • 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 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, SIA2010-0555, SIA2010-0560, 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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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 899, Folder: 170221

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April 17, 1945

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