Science under Siege: Joseph Henry's Smithsonian, 1846-1865

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Summary

This work traces efforts of the Smithsonian's first Secretary, Joseph Henry (1797-1878), to make research the chief priority of the Smithsonian Institution. It places the struggle between Henry and opponents of his plan within a political context, and includes discussion of the impact of the Civil War on Henry's research program. The author draws on contemporary newspaper accounts and on documents gathered by the Joseph Henry Papers Project.

Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Joseph Henry Papers Project

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Notes

Ph.D. Dissertation

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

  • 1999
  • Civil War, 1861-1865

Topic

  • Policies
  • Secretaries
  • Controversies
  • SI, Early History
  • History
  • Research

Place

United States

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