Joseph Henry's Letter to Samuel Steman Haldeman (May 31, 1848)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Samuel Stehman Haldeman, a naturalist and philologist, May 31, 1848. In the letter, Henry discusses the use of some Smithsonian funds to aid the research of Spencer Fullerton Baird, and ornithologist and later Assistant Secretary and then second Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He asks Haldeman to prepare a report on the significance of the research.


Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887


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2 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 7, pages 337-338 (Document 182).

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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), 337-338

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May 31, 1848

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SIA2012-3250 and SIA2012-3251

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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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