Transcript of Joseph Henry's Program of Organization

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Secretary Joseph Henry's "Programme of Organization of the Smithsonian Institution." Henry's plan contains fourteen guiding considerations, including the suggestion that the Smithsonian only undertake programs that cannot be adequately carried out by existing United States institutions. A key feature of the plan is the publication of "Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge" and periodical reports on scientific progress.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Board of Regents
  • Programme of Organization


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