Joseph Henry's Letter to James Hadley (May 7, 1869)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to James Hadley, a professor of Greek at Yale University, May 7, 1869. In the letter, Henry discusses National Academy of Sciences business, and expresses a wish that the Academy would publish its transactions through its own means, rather than rely on government funding for publication.


  • Hadley, James 1821-1872
  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
  • Yale University


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2011-2807, SIA2011-2808, and SIA2011-2809, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 11, pages 242-244 (Document 120).

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 12, Folder: 1 - January - June 1869
  • Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 11, The Smithsonian Years: January 1866-May 1878 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2007), 242-244

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


May 7, 1869

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SIA2012-2916 and SIA2012-2917 and SIA2012-2918

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Number of Images: 3 ; Color: Color ; Size: 8w x 10 1/4h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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