The Papers of Joseph Henry: December 1797-October 1832, The Albany Years

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Work consists of documents relative to the life of Joseph Henry (1797-1878), covering the years from 1797 to October 1832, and includes his baptismal record, documents relative to Albany Academy, Henry's first known scientific paper, Henry's inaugural address at Albany Academy, papers on electromagnetism and thermomagnetism, and correspondence between Henry and his wife, Harriet. A physicist, Henry later served as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1846 to 1878.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Henry, Harriet A. 1808-1882
  • College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)
  • Albany Academy
  • Princeton University
  • Albany Institute


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