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A project is initiated to collect, edit, and publish the Papers of Joseph Henry (1797-1878), a physicist and the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Co-sponsors of the project are the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Nathan Reingold is appointed the first Editor of the project.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Reingold, Nathan 1927-
  • American Philosophical Society)
  • Joseph Henry Papers Project
  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
  • National Historic Publications Commission
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Nathan Reingold, Editor, The Joseph Henry Papers Project, at his desk in the Smithsonian Institution Building, 1984, by Jeff Tinsley. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number 85-13061-21A.
  • Date is from the 1984 Annual Report. The 1964 Annual Report says the project is initiated and in the planning stages. The Ripley chronology gives a date of 1967.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1964. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1965, p. 7.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1966. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1966, p. 10.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology."

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