Joseph Henry's Letter to Felix Flugel (August 14, 1871)

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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 14, 1871. In the letter, Henry informs Flugel that the United States Congress has appropriated additional funding for the national collections on display in the United States National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building, and administered by the Smithsonian Institution.


  • United States Congress
  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • National Collections


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-3110, SIA2012-3111, and SIA2012-3112, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 11, pages 356-358 (Document 166).

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 4A, Folder: 1
  • 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), 356-358

Contact information

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


August 14, 1871

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  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Exchanges, Literary and scientific
  • Funds




  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-7633 and SIA2012-7634 and SIA2012-7635

Physical description

Number of Images: 3 ; Color: Color ; Size: 7.95w x 10.00h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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