The Papers of Joseph Henry

The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 1

December 1797–October 1832, The Albany Years

Editor: Nathan Reingold
Assistant Editors: Stuart Pierson and Arthur P. Molella
with the assistance of James M. Hobbins and John R. Kerwood

July 9, 2012

Volume 1, The Albany Years: December 1797-October 1832 (Washington, 1972: ISBN 0-87474-123-8) deals with the formative years of Henry’s career. It documents the influence of the Albany, New York, milieu on his scientific growth, and traces the origin and early development of the Albany Academy, where Henry studied and taught, and the Albany Institute, the forum for […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 2

November 1832–December 1835, The Princeton Years

Editor: Nathan Reingold
Assistant Editors: Arthur P. Molella and Michele L. Aldrich
with the assistance of James M. Hobbins and Kathleen Waldenfels

July 9, 2012

Volume 2, The Princeton Years: November 1832-December 1835 (Washington, 1975: ISBN 0-87474-164-5) concerns Henry’s adjustment to a small college town and his attempts to develop a first-rate facility for teaching and research in the physical sciences. It details his excursions to New York City and Philadelphia in search of scientific apparatus and scientific fellowship, and reveals the […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 3

January 1836–December 1837, The Princeton Years

Editor: Nathan Reingold
Associate Editor: Arthur P. Molella
Assistant Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Staff Historian: Kathleen Waldenfels
Research Assistant: Joel N. Bodansky

July 9, 2012

Volume 3, The Princeton Years: January 1836-December 1837 (Washington, 1979: ISBN 0-87474-174-2) focuses on Henry’s travels to the principal scientific centers of Great Britain and France. During his stay, Henry attended lectures at technical societies, and toured lighthouses, harborworks, and railroad facilities. His diary entries contain appraisals of such European luminaries as J. L. Gay-Lussac, Mary Somerville, […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 4

January 1838–December 1840, The Princeton Years

Editor: Nathan Reingold
Associate Editor: Arthur P. Molella
Assistant Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Staff Historian: Kathleen Waldenfels
Research Assistant: Joan F. Steiner

July 9, 2012

Volume 4, The Princeton Years: January 1838-December 1840 (Washington, 1981: ISBN 0-87474-792-9) demonstrates Henry’s growing concern with the nation’s intellectual image abroad. After returning from Europe, he was increasingly sensitive to American shortcomings, particularly to the problem of scientific charlatanism. His opposition to the physician-inventor Henry Hall Sherwood, documented in the volume, epitomized this delicate issue. His […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 5

January 1841–December 1843, The Princeton Years

Editor: Nathan Reingold
Associate Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: Paul H. Theerman with the assistance of Arthur P. Molella and Joan F. Steiner

July 9, 2012

Volume 5, The Princeton Years: January 1841-December 1843 (Washington, 1985: ISBN 0-87474-793-7) provides a detailed picture of Henry’s daily life as a college professor and leader of the American scientific community: teaching, experimenting, presenting his results to his peers, and lecturing to the public. In addition to continuing his research on electromagnetism, he investigated such phenomena as […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 6

January 1844–December 1846, The Princeton Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Assistant Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: John C. Rumm
Assistant Editor: Paul H. Theerman

July 9, 2012

Volume 6, The Princeton Years: January 1844-December 1846 (Washington, 1992: ISBN 1-56098-112-1) further develops the theme of Henry as a consultant on technological problems of his day. He provided expert advice on the acoustics of public buildings, the protection of buildings from lightning, the electromagnetic telegraph, and Colt’s submarine battery. He also chaired the Franklin Institute committee […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 7

January 1847–December 1849, The Smithsonian Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Associate Editor: Paul H. Theerman
Assistant Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: John C. Rumm
Research Assistant: Deborah Y. Jeffries

July 9, 2012

Volume 7, The Smithsonian Years: January 1847-December 1849 (Washington, 1996: ISBN 1-56098-533-X) documents the beginning of the most influential period of Henry’s life, his thirty-one years as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. During these years, Henry strove to ensure that James Smithson’s bequest was used to support original scientific research and publication, rather than to create a […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 8

January 1850–Decenber 1853, The Smithsonian Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Assistant Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Historian: Deborah Y. Jeffries
Historian: Frank R. Millikan

July 9, 2012

Volume 8, The Smithsonian Years: January 1850-December 1853 (Washington, 1998: ISBN 1-56098-891-6) reveals a difficult period in Henry’s life. During these years, he suffered constant personal and financial woes, clashed with subordinates, and faced significant public criticism of his leadership. When Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois attacked the Smithsonian for its preoccupation with research of “no […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 9

January 1854-December 1857, The Smithsonian Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Associate Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: Frank R. Millikan
Research Assistant: Deborah Y. Jeffries

July 9, 2012

In 1854 the Smithsonian faced a crisis that threatened to tear the eight-year-old institution apart when Secretary Joseph Henry and Assistant Secretary Charles C. Jewett publicly clashed over its future direction. Before their dispute was settled, battles had been fought at regents’ meetings, in newspapers and literary journals in New York, Boston, and Washington, and […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 10

January 1858 - December 1865, The Smithsonian Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Associate Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: Frank R. Millikan
Research Assistant: Deborah Y. Jeffries
Research Assistant: Sarah Shoenfeld

July 9, 2012

The period covered by this volume included some of the darkest years Joseph Henry would ever face. The country was torn apart by a devastating civil war. Washington was threatened with invasion, placing the Smithsonian Institution in jeopardy. Henry’s only son, William, died in 1862 from a sudden illness. Henry’s mentor and confidant, Alexander Dallas […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 11

January 1866—May 1878, The Smithsonian Years

Editor: Marc Rothenberg
Associate Editor: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assistant Editor: Frank R. Millikan
Research Assistant: Deborah Y. Jeffries
Research Assistant: Sarah Shoenfeld

May 13, 2012

In this final volume of The Papers of Joseph Henry, Henry emerges as the unrivaled leader of American science and the nation’s foremost proponent of funding for basic scientific research. Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution since its founding in 1846, Henry guides its recovery from the Civil War while reshaping it by reducing or eliminating programs […]

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The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volume 12

CUMULATIVE INDEX

Compiled by: Kathleen W. Dorman
Assisted by: Sarah J. Shoenfeld

May 13, 2012

Winner of the 2007 Ferguson Prize. All other volumes in the series are still available. Click here for contents, prices and description information. Additional information is available from The Joseph Henry Papers Project: http://www.siarchives.si.edu/history/jhp/jhenry.html

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