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

ID: SIA2010-0595

Creator: Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001

Form/Genre: Document

Date: August 29, 1944

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

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Page 2 of a letter from S. Dillon Ripley to Herbert Friedmann, curator of birds at the U.S. National Museum, continues on about asking his colleague Salim Ali to take a collection for us (Smithsonian) when he goes to Cutch for the flamingo breeding season. He writes that Ali just got 3000 skins from Jones in Simla and about other birds he would like to trade for.


  • Ali, Sálim 1896-1987
  • Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987
  • 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, 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.
  • See Neg. SIA2010-0594 for page 1.

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

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


August 29, 1944

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


  • Sri Lanka
  • India


  • Document
  • Paper

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 7.9w x 10.41h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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