Joseph Henry's Letter to Alexander Dallas Bache (August 18, 1865)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to his close friend Alexander Dallas Bache, a physicist and Smithsonian Institution Regent, August 18, 1865. In the letter, Henry describes events at the Smithsonian, including repairs being made to the Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle," following the fire that occurred on January 24, 1865.


  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Board of Regents


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-1001, SIA2012-1002, and SIA2012-1003, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 10, pages 534-536 (Document 294).

Contained within

  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 4, Folder: 1
  • 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), 534-536

Contact information

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


August 18, 1865

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  • Fire of 1865
  • Secretaries
  • Repairs
  • Letters
  • Fire, Accidents
  • Fire
  • Physicists
  • Fires


  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-7640 and SIA2012-7641 and SIA2012-7642 and SIA2012-7643

Physical description

Number of Images: 4 ; Color: Color ; Size: 7.68w x 10.00 ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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