Edward P. Henderson Holding a Meteorite

ID: SIA2013-03962

Creator: Sandved, Kjell Bloch 1922-

Form/Genre: Slide

Date: 1975

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 095-13, Box 1, Folder A -Kier

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  • Edward P. Henderson (1898-1992), Curator of Meteorites, National Museum of Natural History, is examining a meteorite in his left hand. A scanning machine sits on a table in front of him. Other scientific equipment is visible.
  • Henderson joined the Smithsonian in 1929 as a chemist in the Geology Department of the United States National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History, and upon the death George P. Merrill, head curator of the Geology Department, inherited the curation of the meteorite collection. He greatly expanded the Smithsonian's collection of meteorites during his tenure. He travelled extensively and his field work took him to Europe, Africa, the Soviet Union, the Philippines and Australia. In 1947 General Douglas MacArthur asked him to go to Japan to sort and appraise a vast cache of gemstones recovered in Tokyo by the U.S. Army.


  • Henderson, Edward Porter
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences
  • Natural History Building
  • United States National Museum


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  • Kjell Bloch Sandved of the Office of Exhibits, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), at the commission of Porter Kier, then Director, NMNH, prepared these photographic materials to document personnel and activities of NMNH in 1975.
  • For additional photos of Henderson examining meteorites, see Negatives SIA2009-1231, SIA2013-03963, and SIA2013-03964.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 095-13, Box 1, Folder A -Kier

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  • Physical geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Space sciences
  • Minerals
  • Meteors
  • Meteorites
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Physical sciences
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Collection and preservation
  • Mineralogists
  • Astronomy and astrophysics
  • Astronomy
  • Minerals--Collection and preservation
  • Museum curators
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


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  • Slide
  • Person, candid

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 1w x 1 3.7h ; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Slide

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