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Cover of Joseph Henry Paper's Vol. 11, by Jeffries, Deborah Y, 2007, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-0514.

December 26, 1972

Joseph Henry Papers exhibit opens in the Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building. The exhibit contains rare books, pictorial material and original manuscripts illustrating the scientific career of the American physicist who was the first Secretary of the Smithsonian. The exhibit marks the publication by the Smithsonian of the first volume of The Papers of Joseph Henry.More

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