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Joseph Henry's Notes on Magnetism and Electromagnetism

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Lecture notes from Joseph Henry, then a professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, or physics, at the Albany Academy and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, on magnetism and electromagnetism. Henry's notes guided his lecture to students in his Natural Philosophy course and contain roughly forty topics of discussion, a number of diagrams, and thoughts concerning electromagnetic theories.


  • Albany Academy
  • Joseph Henry Papers Project


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-2628, SIA2012-2629, SIA2012-2630, SIA2012-2631, and SIA2012-2632, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 1, pages 465-469.

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 19, Folder: 7 - Notes for Lectures on Magnatism, Galvanism, and Electricity
  • Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 1, The Albany Years: December 1797-October 1832 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1972), 465-469

Contact information

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


c. 1830s

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  • Secretaries
  • Electromagnets
  • Mathematics
  • Magnetism
  • Educators
  • Physics
  • Electromagnetism


  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-3193 and SIA2012-3194 and SIA2012-3195 and SIA2012-3196 and SIA2012-319 and SIA2012-3198 and SIA2012-3199

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Number of Images: 7; Color: Color; Size: 5w x 8h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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