The Papers of Joseph Henry: January 1836-December 1837, 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 1836 to December 1837. The volume includes letters relating to lectures given, winter life in Princeton, visits to Albany, Philadelphia, and Europe, and his views on slavery and race. Appendix is comprised of bills for philosophical apparatus.


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


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

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  • Slavery
  • Description and travel
  • Telegraph
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Science
  • Experiments
  • Physics
  • Electric apparatus and appliances
  • Electricity
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Scientists
  • Science--Experiments
  • African Americans
  • Physics--Experiments
  • Travel


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