Joseph Henry's Letter to Samuel Foster Haven (October 19, 1847)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Samuel Foster Haven, librarian of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, October 19, 1847. In the letter, Henry asks Haven's opinion of the quality of the work of Ephraim George Squier and Edwin Hamilton Davis, both archaeologists. Henry also writes about his desire for the Smithsonian to collaborate with other Institutions, and asks for Haven to review the plans for the Institution and provide feedback according to his knowledge of the workings of the Antiquarian Society.


  • Haven, Samuel Foster
  • Davis, E. H (Edwin Hamilton) 1811-1888
  • Squier, E. G (Ephraim George) 1821-1888
  • American Antiquarian Society


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3 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 7, pages 210-212 (Document 115).

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Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 7, The Smithsonian Years: January 1847-December 1849 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1996), 210-212

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October 19, 1847

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  • Archaeology
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Librarians
  • Collaboration
  • Archaeologists




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SIA2012-3244 and SIA2012-3245 and SIA2012-3246

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

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