Letter from Mrs. Constance Ripley to Herbert Friedmann, page 1

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Page 1 of letter from Mrs. Constance Baillie Ripley, S. Dillon Ripley's mother, to Herbert Friedmann, curator with the Division of Birds, United States National Museum, telling him about Dillon's planned weekend at the plantation of Major W.W.A. Phillips, a premier bird authority of the island of Ceylon.


  • Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Phillips, W. W. A (William Watt Addison)
  • United States National Museum
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds
  • 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 (OSS), 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.
  • See Neg. SIA2010-0567 for page 2

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May 21, 1944

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