Excerpt from the Minutes of the Albany Institute (April 25, 1831)

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Excerpt from the Minutes of the Albany Institute, April 25, 1831. The minutes detail a demonstration by Joseph Henry, then a teacher at the Albany Academy and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, of an electromagnet of his own construction and a device that measured the magnetic intensity of the Earth, which was invented by Christopher Hansteen, director of the Observatory at Oslo, Norway, to help map the Earth's magnetic fields.


  • Hansteen, Christopher 1784-1873
  • Albany Institute
  • Albany Academy


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2 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 1, pages 338-339.

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Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 1, The Albany Years: December 1797-October 1832 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1972), 338-339

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  • April 25, 1831
  • 19th century

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  • Electric apparatus and appliances
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Secretaries
  • Astronomers
  • Inventions
  • Science
  • Demonstrations
  • Electromagnets
  • Educators
  • Experiments
  • Teachers
  • Electromagnet
  • Electromagnetism
  • Science--Experiments


  • United States
  • Norway


  • Document
  • Paper
  • Minutes

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SIA2012-0948 and SIA2012-0949

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Number of Images: 2 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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