1860 Meteorology Records Destroyed in Fire

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Secretary Henry sends a circular to meteorological observers to request copies of registers for the year 1860, because the originals were destroyed in 1865 fire in the Smithsonian Institution Building. The Institution is currently engaged in analyzation and discussion of the observations, especially those relative to rain and temperature.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Meteorological Project


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 65, Box 1, 464, 465.

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December 15, 1868


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