Shipping Invoice of Field Equipment for S. Dillon Ripley

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Shipping invoice from Smithsonian Institution for two boxes of field collection equipment being sent to S. Dillon Ripley, serving with the Office of Strategic Services in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), upon the recommendation of Dr. Herbert Friedmann, curator of birds, U.S. National Museum.


  • Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds 1897-1947
  • Office of Strategic Services


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  • See Neg. # SIA2010-0604 for contents shipped.
  • 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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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,


December 18, 1942

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  • Transportation
  • Employees
  • Birds
  • Field work
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • WW II
  • Field Kit
  • Animals
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Collecting and collections
  • Shipping
  • Shipment of goods
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology--Field work


Sri Lanka


  • Document
  • Paper

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 8.02w x 10.44h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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