Joseph Henry Medal

ID: SIA2012-2866 or SA-11 or 10704

Creator: Joseph Henry Papers Project

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1879

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 11, Folder: 34

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Summary

Joseph Henry Medal was created to honor Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1846 to 1878. The likeness of Henry is probably based on the bust of Henry by sculptor Clark Mills. The medal was molded in 1879, by William Barber, born in London, England, in 1807, and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1879, and Charles Barber, born in London, England, in 1840 and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1917. The medal is gold-plated bronze, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1/8 in. (6.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 cm). One of the medals is located at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Barber, Charles Edward 1840-1917
  • Barber, William 1807-1879
  • Mills, Clark
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • United States Mint

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 11, Folder: 34

Contact information

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

Date

1879

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Secretariats
  • Awards
  • Secretaries
  • Joseph Henry Medal
  • Medals

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Object

ID Number

SIA2012-2866 or SA-11 or 10704

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 8w x 10h ; Type of Image: Object ; Medium: Photographic print

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