Board of Regents Adopts Organization Plan

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The Board of Regents considers the report of the Committee on Organization as resubmitted on January 25, and, on the 26th and 28th, adopts resolutions to carry out the intention of the Act of Congress. Providing support for publication and lectures on original research forms one essential feature of the plan to increase knowledge; the other is through accumulation of collections of natural history and art, as well as the formation of a library. They further resolve that the two principal modes of executing the plan will be equally funded out of the accruing interest that remains from the bequest, once the buildings of the Institution are completed.


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  • Committee on Organization


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  • A copy of this report can be found in, Smithsonian Institution Report, 1846-52.
  • Report from the Board of Regents, submitted to Congress, Of the operations, expenditures, and condition of the Smithsonian Institution. 29th Cong., 2nd Sess., March 3, 1847. S. Rept. 211, p. 18-30.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1853. Washington, D.C.: A.O.P. Nicholson, Public Printer, 1854, p. 247.

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January 25, 1847


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