Joseph Henry's Pocket Diary, 1865

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This pocket diary was originally a "Churchman's Diary and Ecclesiastical Calendar" for the year of 1854, but Joseph Henry used it as a pocket diary for the year of 1865. On some pages he has not made notes, so some original content in the diary (calendars, tables of bishops and dioceses, etc.) remains unmarked. However, he has used many memoranda and weekly calendar pages to make his own notes. About half the diary is written proceeding from front to middle, and half of it is written upside-down, proceeding from back to middle. Henry's notes regard such topics as oil lamps, fog signals, engines, reports and papers to exchange among colleagues, and weather in different parts of North America.


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  • Joseph Henry was the first Secretary of the Smithsonian, and he served in this position from 1846 to 1878.
  • For more notebooks with similar material, see SIA2013-06853 to SIA2013-06897; SIA2013-06694 to SIA2013-06739; SIA2013-06685 to SIA2013-06693; SIA2013-06818 to SIA2013-06852; SIA2013-06898 to SIA2013-07093.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 13A, Folder: 15

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



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  • Weather
  • Diaries
  • Secretaries
  • Science
  • Notebooks
  • Lighthouses
  • Experiments
  • Engines
  • Physics
  • Meteorology
  • Science--Experiments
  • Physics--Experiments


  • Paper
  • Document

ID Number

SIA2013-06738 to SIA2013-06817

Physical description

Number of Images: 80; Color: Color; Size: 3.5w x 7h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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