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Collection Reference Number GLC00573
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1840 
Title Circular letter written by Joel Roberts Poinsett announcing the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution
Date 10 September 1840
Author Poinsett, Joel Roberts (1779-1851)  
Document Type Correspondence; Pamphlet
Content Description Sends a copy of the constitution and by-laws of the National Institution for the Promotion of Science (the Smithsonian). Requests information on geography, natural history, and ethnology from the unknown recipient's area of the United States. Specifically requests information on Native Americans in the area.
Subjects Government and Civics  Museum  Science and Technology  Geography and Natural History  American Indian History  
People Poinsett, Joel Roberts (1779-1851)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Government & Politics; Science, Technology, Invention; Native Americans
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Poinsett was Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President Van Buren 1837-1841, and senior director of the Smithsonian Institution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859