Joseph Henry's Letter to Ephraim George Squier (December 5, 1850)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Ephraim George Squier, an archaeologist, December 5, 1850. In the letter, Henry discusses the shipping charges for some artifacts that Squier sent to the Smithsonian from Latin America. He also discusses Squier's suggestion that an archeological museum be incorporated as part of the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Squier, E. G (Ephraim George) 1821-1888
  • Joseph Henry Papers 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 132-133 (Document 77).

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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), 132-133

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


December 5, 1850

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  • Archaeology
  • Artifacts
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Museums
  • Shipping
  • Archaeologists


Latin America


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  • Paper

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SIA2012-2711 and SIA2012-2712

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Number of Images: 2 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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