Joseph Henry's Letter to Increase Allen Lapham (November 22, 1851)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Increase Allen Lapham, founder of the Wisconsin Natural History Association, November 22, 1851. In the letter, Henry confirms the receipt of Laphams reports on the study of Native American mounds in Wisconsin.


  • Lapham, Increase Allen 1811-1875
  • Wisconsin Natural History Association


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3 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 8, pages 262-264 (Document 157).

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Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 8, The Smithsonian Years: January 1850-December 1853 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1998), 262-264

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November 22, 1851

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SIA2012-0430 and SIA2012-0431 and SIA2012-0432

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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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