Page 1 of a Letter from Herbert Friedmann to S. Dillon Ripley

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Page 1 of a letter from Herbert Friedmann to S. Dillon Ripley informs him that he has finished reading galley proofs of his "Birds of the West Sumatra Islands"; has sent a copy of the Annual Report to Herbert G. Deignan who in turn is to forward it to Ripley; reports Dr. Charles G. Abbot has resigned as Secretary and that Dr. Alexander Wetmore will become Acting Secretary; Mrs. Roxie C. Simpson, divisional taxidermist, has been working chiefly on cleaning and reshaping old specimens; and that in addition to the list of a number of deaths of ornithologists he sent to Deignan he has learned of the death by a robot bomb in London of William Lutley Sclater.


  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • Laybourne, Roxie C. 1910-2003
  • Sclater, William Lutley 1863-1944
  • Office of Strategic Services
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds 1897-1947


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  • Future Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, formerly assistant curator in the Division of Birds, US 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.
  • See Neg. SIA2010-0581 for page 2.

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July 10, 1944

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  • World War, 1939-1945
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  • Sri Lanka
  • Washington (D.C.)

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