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Quad Construction, by Tinsley, Jeff, 1985, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 85-6242-28 or SIA85-6242-28.

December 23, 1981

A $960,000 Congressional appropriation is set aside for the planning of the Smithsonian’s Quadrangle project. The Quadrangle or Quad will be a new museum complex that will serve as a center for African, Near Eastern and Asian cultures. This is the first federal appropriation for the project, whose planning has been underway since 1978 with support from unrestricted trust funds.More

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