Joseph Henry's Letter to Harriet Henry (January 26, 1847)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Harriet Henry, his wife, January 26, 1847. In the letter, Henry discusses his life in Washington, DC, and the work he is doing at the newly established Smithsonian Institution. He writes that the Regents had accepted his plan for half of the funding of the Institution to be used for scientific research, publications, and lectures, and the other half to be used for a museum, library, and collections.


  • Henry, Harriet A. 1808-1882
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • National Collections


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-3247, SIA2012-3248, and SIA2012-3249, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 7, pages 25-27 (Document 10).

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 57, Folder: 10 - January-April 1847
  • Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 7, The Smithsonian Years: January 1847-December 1849 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1996), 25-27

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January 26, 1847

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  • Funding
  • Secretaries
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  • Smithsonian Institution
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  • Appropriations and expenditures
  • Research
  • Smithsonian Institution--Appropriations and expenditures


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SIA2012-2823 and SIA2012-2824 and SIA2012-2825

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Number of Images: 3; Color: Color; Size: 6 1/2w x 8 3/4h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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