Federal Government Stops Providing Funds to the Smithsonian

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Summary

In December 1860, Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry writes to a friend that the government has stopped providing its $4,000 annual payment to the Smithsonian for the care of the national museum collections. This important source of income for the Institution is the first segment of the Smithsonian's funds to be affected by the impending Civil War.

Subject

Henry, Joseph 1797-1878

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds. The Papers of Joseph Henry, Vol.10, January 1858-December 1865: The Smithsonian Years. Washington, D.C.: Science History Publications, 2004, p. 182-83.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

  • December 1860
  • Civil War, 1861-1865

Topic

  • Federal Government, Relations with SI
  • Secretaries
  • Finance
  • History
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Federal Government
  • National Collections

Place

United States

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