Joseph Henry's Letter to Alexander Agassiz (October 18, 1877)

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact
Download IIIF ManifestRequest permissionsDownload image Print


Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Alexander Agassiz, a scientist and engineer, October 18, 1877. In the letter, Henry discusses publishing a volume of eulogies of members the National Academy of Sciences. He asks Agassiz to complete one with the help of his mother, or to undertake the task himself, in remembrance of his father, Louis Agassiz, a Swiss paleontologist, glaciologist, and geologist, who was a principle member of the Academy.


  • Agassiz, Louis 1807-1873
  • Agassiz, Alexander
  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


3 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 11, pages 633-635 (Document 292).

Contained within

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), 633-635

Contact information

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


October 18, 1877

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Engineering
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Geologists
  • Paleontologists
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Scientists
  • Engineers




  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-3123 and SIA2012-3124 and SIA2012-3125

Physical description

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

Full Record

View Full Record