Joseph Henry's Letter to Felix Flugel (August 17, 1868)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Felix Flugel, a German exchange agent for the Smithsonian Institution, August 17, 1868. In the letter, Henry discusses the exchange of books between the Smithsonian and other institutions in Europe. He informs Flugel that he is about to leave Washington, DC, for five to six weeks, and notes that since becoming Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution he has barely had any vacation. He mentions the favorable prospects of the Institution, but still writes about the inability to transfer the museum collections and Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle," to the care of the United States government.


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-3073 and SIA2012-3074, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 11, pages 202-203 (Document 96).

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 33, Box 5, Folder: Volume 11
  • 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), 202-203

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August 17, 1868

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  • Books and reading
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  • Government
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  • United States--Politics and government


  • United States
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  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Germany


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SIA2012-6132 and SIA2012-6133 and SIA2012-6134

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Number of Images: 3 ; Color: Color ; Size: 8.15w x 10.00h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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