Joseph Henry's Letter to Ephraim George Squier and Edwin Hamilton Davis (February 16, 1848)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Ephraim George Squier and Edwin Hamilton Davis, archaeologists, February 16, 1848. In the letter, Henry informs Squier and Davis that he has made arrangements for the publication of their memoir, "Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley," about prehistoric mound builders of North America. The memoir was included in the first Smithsonian "Contributions to Knowledge" publication, which was printed in 1848.


  • Davis, E. H (Edwin Hamilton) 1811-1888
  • Squier, E. G (Ephraim George) 1821-1888
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge (Publication)


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3 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 7, pages 270-272 (Document 142).

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Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 7, The Smithsonian Years: January 1847-December 1849 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1996), 270-272

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February 16, 1848

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SIA2012-0438 and SIA2012-0439 and SIA2012-0440

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Number of Images: 3 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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