Joseph Henry's Bills: 1832-1837-1844-1865

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Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian, was a physics professor at Princeton University (then the College of New Jersey) from 1832 to 1848. In 1837 he made a trip to Europe, where he purchased apparatus for his laboratory. Although funds were to be supplied by the Princeton Alumni Association, they were not, and Henry paid for the equipment himself. In 1844, he submitted a detailed bill. However it was not paid until 1865, with interest added. Henry's trip and the items purchased are described in this article.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Princeton University
  • College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)


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Princeton University Library Chronicle Vol. 29 Issue 2 (Journal)

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  • Description and travel
  • Equipment
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Physical instruments
  • Physics
  • Travel--Europe
  • Research--Equipment and supplies



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Number of pages: 6; Page numbers: 150-155

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