Correspondence, 1863-1879

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  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Institution Administration

Other title

Incoming Correspondence


  • This series consists mostly of correspondence addressed to Joseph Henry, much of which received his personal attention; also included are some copies of Henry letters, occasional returned original Henry letters, and a considerable number of letters to Spencer Fullerton Baird.
  • (1) Card indexes, providing mostly proper name access; references are to volume and page numbers, although records for volumes 1-75 are located alphabetically; (2) most volumes indexed individually; (3) alphabetic arrangement of records serves as an additional finding aid.
  • For a description of the record series of which these materials are a part, refer to "Forms part of" above.


Numerous alphabetical series numbered from volume 1 through volume 183; (1) volumes 1-75, 1863-1869, unbound and rearranged in two alphabetic series; (2) volumes 76-183, 1866-1879, alphabetic in several series

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1863
  • 1863-1879

Restrictions & Rights

(1) Many items are missing, especially from the first 75 volumes; (2) record unit available on microfilm


  • Museums
  • Museums--Administration


  • Mixed archival materials
  • Collection descriptions

Local number

SIA RU000026

Physical description

59.56 cu. ft. (98 document boxes) (46 3x5 boxes) (183 microfilm reels)

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