Howard Stansbury's Letter to Joseph Henry (December 27, 1850)

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Letter from Howard Stansbury, a captain in the Corps of Topographical Engineers, to Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, December 27, 1850. In the letter, Stansbury reports his barometric measurements taken during an expedition to the Salt Lake Valley.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • Meteorological Project


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2 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 8, pages 137-138 (Document 80).

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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), 137-138

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


December 27, 1850

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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Expeditions
  • Barometer
  • Meteorology
  • Physical measurements


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-0422 and SIA2012-0423

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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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