Joseph Henry's Letter to Helen Henry (April 21, 1865)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Helen Henry, his daughter, April 21, 1865. In the letter, Henry describes President Abraham Lincoln's funeral at the White House on April 18, 1865, which he attended as the representative of the Smithsonian Institution. During the Civil War (1861-1865), Henry was a scientific advisor to Lincoln.


  • Henry, Helen Louisa 1836-1912
  • Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865
  • White House (Washington, D.C.)


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-0027 and SIA2012-0028, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 10, pages 504-505 (Document 277).

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 57, Folder: 18 - 1860-1865
  • Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10, The Smithsonian Years: January 1858-December 1865 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2004), 504-505

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • April 21, 1865
  • Civil War, 1861-1865

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  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • History
  • Funeral service


United States


  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-3537 and SIA2012-3538 and SIA2012-3539

Physical description

Number of Images: 3 ; Color: Color ; Size: 8.5w x 11h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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