Letter from S. Dillon Ripley to Herbert S. Friedmann

ID: SIA2010-0586

Creator: Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001

Form/Genre: Document

Date: December 13, 1943

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

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Summary

Letter from S. Dillon Ripley to US National Museum curator of birds Herbert S. Friedmann says that he is glad to receive a copy of his paper, that he is glad that the types and books are back; and that he is glad that the birds were done over. He writes that the birds were done by an old man called Vandergil, a taxidermist, that Ripley takes with him sometimes, and that he (Ripley) will warn him about the oil glands. He also notes that [Herbert G. Deignan] Bert is starting back and Ripley should follow in a month. He also writes that he shot some swipe (pintail) and ate 'em.

Subject

  • Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987
  • Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-
  • Office of Strategic Services
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds 1897-1947

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

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.

Contained within

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

Contact information

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

Date

December 13, 1943

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Topic

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

Place

  • Sri Lanka
  • Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2010-0586

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 7.92w x 10.51h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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