Chalk Drawing of an Earthquake contained in Henry D. Rogers' Letter to Joseph Henry (June 15, 1843)

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Letter from Henry D. Rogers, a geologist, to Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, June 15, 1843. In the letter, Rogers discusses a chalk drawing of an earthquake that he is sending Henry. The drawing was made by Russell Smith, a theatrical painter and illustrator for geological surveys, on the back of the letter. He asks Henry to allow no copies to be made, other than those for himself, so he can maintain the freshness of the subject for his forthcoming lectures on earthquakes.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Princeton University


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-3040, which is a page scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 5, page 361.

Contained within

  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 8, Folder: 8 - January-June 1843
  • Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 5, The Princeton Years: January 1841-December 1843 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1985), 361

Contact information

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


June 15, 1843

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  • Theater
  • Painters
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Geologists
  • Geology
  • Earthquakes
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Geological surveys
  • Drawing


  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-2851 and SIA2012-2852 and SIA2012-2853

Physical description

Number of Images: 3 ; Color: Color ; Size: 10w x 8h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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