The Papers of Joseph Henry: November 1832-December 1835, The Princeton Years

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Work consists of documents relative to the life of Joseph Henry (1797-1878), first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, covering the years from 1832 to December of 1835. The volume includes letters about the move from Albany, preparing lectures and apparatus, general life at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), work on the large galvanic battery, work on the electromagnet, "Record of Experiments," laboratory activity, the death of Henry's mother, trips to Philadelphia and electromagnetic experiments.


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


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Includes photographs, notes on style and appendices. Work is extensively footnoted.

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  • Electric apparatus and appliances
  • Telegraph
  • Electricity
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Science
  • Experiments
  • Physics
  • Science--Experiments
  • Physics--Experiments


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