Letter from Herbert Friedmann to S. Dillon Ripley

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Herbert Friedmann, curator in the United States National Museum, Department of Biology, Division of Birds, writes to S. Dillon Ripley with regards to his paper on "The Birds of the West Sumatra Islands" and the fact that Friedmann has distributed a few copies. He comments that he has not heard from Ripley in some time and asks Ripley if he wishes copies be sent to any special people.


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


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Future Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, formerly assistant curator in the Division of Birds, U.S. National Museum, 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. Having traveled widely in the South Pacific before the war, he knew the geography, natural history and languages of the region.

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December 15, 1944

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