The Papers of Joseph Henry: January 1844-December 1846, The Princeton Years

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Work consists of documents relative to the life and career of physicist Joseph Henry (1797-1878), 1844 to December 1846, when he was a professor at the College of New Jersey at Princeton. The volume covers his experiments and research, correspondence with colleagues, including Samuel F. B. Morse, Lewis R. Gibbes, William H. Bartlett, Alexander Dallas Bache, John Torrey, as well as early mentions of the James Smithson bequest. The volume ends with Henry's election as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and his "ideas for the 'increase and diffusion of knowledge'" in December, 1846.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Morse, Samuel Finley Breese 1791-1872
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Gibbes, Lewis R
  • Bartlett, William H
  • Torrey, John 1796-1873
  • 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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