Page 2 of a Letter from S. Dillon Ripley to Herbert S. Friedmann

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Page 2 of a Letter from S. Dillon Ripley to US National Museum curator of birds Herbert S. Friedmann relates that he has asked Dr. P.E.P. Deraniyagala to do some further collecting in Southwest Ceylon of Dissemurus birds. He also writes that he heard by letter news of the killing of Hugh Birckhead, a close friend, in France.


  • Birckhead, Hugh
  • Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987
  • Deraniyagala, P. E. P (Paulus Edward Pieris) 1900-1973
  • United States National Museum
  • 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. SIA2010-0584 for page 1

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

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


December 13, 1943

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


  • Sri Lanka
  • Washington (D.C.)


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  • Paper

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