Joseph Henry's Letter to Parker Cleaveland (May 8, 1832)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, then a teacher at the Albany Academy and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Parker Cleaveland, a geologist and professor at Bowdoin College, May 8, 1832. In the letter, Henry informs Cleaveland that the electromagnet he requested has been completed and sent to him. Henry describes the magnet's construction, how to use it, and its price.


  • Cleaveland, Parker 1780-1858
  • Albany Academy
  • Bowdoin College


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7 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 1, pages 420-426.

Contained within

Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 1, The Albany Years: December 1797-October 1832 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1972), 420-426

Contact information

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


May 8, 1832

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  • Electric apparatus and appliances
  • Prices
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Inventions
  • Science
  • Electromagnets
  • Educators
  • Experiments
  • Teachers
  • Electromagnet
  • Science--Experiments


United States


  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-0941 and SIA2012-0942 and SIA2012-0943 and SIA2012-0944 and SIA2012-0945 and SIA2012-0946 and SIA2012-0947

Physical description

Number of Images: 7 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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