Page 2, Bill of Lading, Isthmian Steamship Company

ID: SIA2010-0600

Creator: Isthmian Steamship Company

Form/Genre: Document

Date: August 1944

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

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Page 2 of the Bill of Lading, Isthmian Steamship Company, Agents, for the shipping on the "Ethan Hitchcock" from Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to U.S. Dispatch Agent, New York, of one crate of scientific specimens. While in the Office of Strategic Services in Ceylon, S. Dillon Ripley collected bird specimens which he shipped to the United States 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
  • Ethan Hitchcock (Steamship)


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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. # SIA2010-0599 for Page 1 of the Bill of Lading.

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

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August 1944

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  • Animals
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Specimens
  • Birds
  • Employees
  • Field work
  • Collecting and collections
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology--Field work
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


Sri Lanka


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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 13.97w x 8.97h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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