Letter from Herbert Friedmann to S. Dillon Ripley

ID: SIA2010-0575

Creator: Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987

Form/Genre: Document

Date: November 21, 1944

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

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Letter from US National Museum curator of birds Herbert Friedmann to S. Dillon Ripley encloses Friedmann's copy of Dillon's paper, discusses unpacking types which are now back in their old place in the office and the return of rare books, and reports on a do-over of a few of his Ceylon birds by a temporary taxidermist, Mrs. Simpson [Roxie Collie Simpson Laybourne]. Also he mentions that the National Gallery has brought back its evacuated treasures.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Laybourne, Roxie C. 1910-2003
  • United States National Museum
  • Office of Strategic Services
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds 1897-1947
  • Taxidermist (USNM)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian


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

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November 21, 1944

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