Joseph Henry's Letter to Daniel Willard Fiske (March 16, 1860)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Daniel Willard Fiske, General Secretary of the American Geographical and Statistical Society, March 16, 1860. In the letter, Henry discusses the arctic expedition of Dr. Isaac Israel Hayes and magnetic effects on the atmosphere. Henry states that the Smithsonian Institution is involved in gathering meteorological data pertaining to those effects.


  • Fiske, Willard 1831-1904
  • Hayes, I. I (Isaac Israel) 1832-1881
  • Arctic Expedition
  • American Geographical and Statistical Society
  • Meteorological Project


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4 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 10, pages 141-144 (Document 71).

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Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10, The Smithsonian Years: January 1858-December 1865 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2004), 141-144

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March 16, 1860

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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Secretaries
  • Atmosphere
  • Letters
  • Science
  • Magnetism
  • Expeditions
  • Meteorology
  • Atmosphere--Research
  • Arctic


United States


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  • Paper

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SIA2012-0001 and SIA2012-0002 and SIA2012-0003 and SIA2012-0004

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Number of Images: 4 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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