Letter from Herbert S. Bryant to Howard Fyfe

ID: SIA2010-0592

Creator: Bryant, Herbert S 1878-1950

Form/Genre: Document

Date: September 7, 1944

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 866, Folder: 164398

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Enclosing papers relative to the shipment, Herbert S. Bryant writes to Howard Fyfe asking if he would help in clearing a crate of bird specimens from Colombo, Ceylon, through Custom Service and then forward the crate to the United States National Museum. Bryant writes that he assumes Fyfe will have to forward if under bond since the key has been forwarded under separate cover.


  • Fyfe, Howard
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
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  • 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, 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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September 7, 1944

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