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Date: November 21, 1849


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In a November 21, 1849, letter to his friend, Asa Gray, and in the annual report for 1849, Secretary Joseph Henry outlines his plan for the continued publication of scholarly memoirs. As of the second volume of Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, each memoir is to be published with separate title and paging, so they can be distributed separately. Henry lists the topics of the papers so far submitted to the commissioners for inclusion in the second volume. When published in 1851, volume 2 includes 9 separate memoirs on a wide range of topics.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge (Publication)


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  • Image is of cover to Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number SIA2011-0512.
  • Joseph Henry to Asa Gray, November 21, 1849, in The Papers of Joseph Henry, vol. 7, The Smithsonian Years: January 1847-December 1849, Marc Rothenberg, et al, eds., Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1996, pp. 639-640.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1849. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Senate, 1850, p. 7-11.
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, Vol. 2. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1851.

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