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Recounts early history of meteorology in America, Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry's ongoing interest and work at the Smithsonian in meteorology, circulars and publications dispatched on the subject, and meteorological map exhibited at the Institution. Also addresses the development of the storm warning system and the establishment of the Weather Bureau.


  • Espy, James P (James Pollard) 1785-1860
  • Guyot, A (Arnold) 1807-1884
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Meteorological Project
  • Weather Bureau


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Includes a list of meteorological observers who corresponded with the Smithsonian in response to the circulars on meteorology distributed by the Institution.

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The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of its First Half Century (Book)

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




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