Letter from Alexander Wetmore to Sammy Ray, October 19, 1944

ID: SIA2010-0637

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Document

Date: October 19, 1944

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 192, Box 557, Folder: 166401-166425

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Secretary Alexander Wetmore's letter discusses a bat, examined and identified by Dr. Remington Kellogg, Curator of the Division of Mammals, which Sammy Ray had sent with his last lot of birds collected in the Pacific. Wetmore goes on to relate his latest interest in collecting during the fall migration and the bird specimens he has collected.


  • Kellogg, Remington 1893-1969
  • Ray, Sammy M (Sammy Mehedy) 1919-
  • United States Navy
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds 1897-1947


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Throughout the war, Sammy Ray, a Pharmacist's Mate in the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II, who collected specimens for the United States National Museum, maintained correspondence with Dr. Alexander Wetmore, the sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 192, Box 557, Folder: 166401-166425

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October 19, 1944

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