Letter from Herbert Friedmann to S. Dillon Ripley

ID: SIA2010-0593

Creator: Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987

Form/Genre: Document

Date: October 23, 1943

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

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Letter from U.S. National Museum Curator of Birds Herbert Friedmann to S. Dillon Ripley discusses the arrival of 115 birds which have been unpacked, sorted out and are now being prepared for cataloging. Having received this lot, he would like to see the small birds Ripley has collected. He also says that between Ripley's efforts and Herbert G. Deignan's, the museum should have a good collection of Ceylonese birds. In addition, if negotiations can be undertaken with Salim Ali of India, there should be a very fruitful source of material from other parts of India.


  • Ali, Sálim 1896-1987
  • Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • United States National Museum
  • 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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October 23, 1943

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