Joseph Henry's Letter to George Maxwell Robeson (June 9, 1871)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to George Maxwell Robeson, Secretary of the Navy, June 9, 1871. In the letter, Henry offers suggestions on how to funds recently appropriated by the United States Congress for the survey of the Colorado River by Major John Wesley Powell, a geologist and ethnologist, should be prescribed.


  • Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
  • Robeson, George M (George Maxwell) 1829-1897
  • United States Congress
  • United States. Secretary of the Navy


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6 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 11, pages 351-356 (Document 165).

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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), 351-356

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


June 9, 1871

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  • Legislators
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Geologists
  • Geology
  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Expeditions
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Surveying
  • Colorado River
  • Geological surveys


  • United States
  • Colorado River


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SIA2011-2782 and SIA2011-2783 and SIA2011-2784 and SIA2011-2785 and SIA2011-2786 and SIA2011-2787

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Number of Images: 6 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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