USNM Guards Allowed to Carry Tear Gas

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"A supply of Tear Gas Billies, made by the Federal Laboratories, Inc., and cartridges were purchased in the middle of June, 1933, for the use of the members of the Guard Force. These gas billies were issued to the members of the Guard Force on February 13, 1934." Rawhide holsters for holding the gas were turned over to guards 3/17/34, and mahogany boxes were placed at the North Entrance of the A&I (for holding supply of billies used by guards in SIB and A&I) and at the North Entrance of the NHB to hold the weapons.


  • United States National Museum
  • Guard Force
  • Arts and Industries Building North Entrance


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 158, Box 66, Folder 4, "Report of Buildings & Labor, for FY 1933," dated 8/17 1934, p. 42

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February 13, 1933


  • North Entrance
  • Security
  • Natural History Building
  • Watchmen
  • Natural History Building--North Entrance

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