Letter from Herbert Friedmann to S. Dillon Ripley

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Letter from Herbert Friedmann, curator of birds, U.S. National Museum, to S. Dillon Ripley replying to Ripley's letter of June 5, informing Ripley that proofs of his paper, when received, will be checked; that he has requested copies of the "Field Collectors Manual in Natural History" be sent to Ripley and Bert [Herbert G. Deignan]; that he wrote to Bert recently that one set of galley proofs of his "Birds of Northern Thailand'' are being sent through Dr. Nyland's office and that he (Friedmann) is nearly a quarter of a way through another set of proofs. He goes on about being happy to have a ghost visit and is glad to know that Ripley and Bert have been collecting birds and is looking forward to a fine lot of material from his island.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • 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.

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June 16, 1944

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  • WW II
  • Animals
  • Publications
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Employees
  • Birds
  • Field work
  • Museums
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology--Field work
  • Museum curators


  • Sri Lanka
  • Washington (D.C.)


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  • Paper

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