National Gallery of Art Made Separate Bureau

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The National Gallery of Art, now the National Museum of American Art, is made a separate administrative unit under the Smithsonian Institution. This was made possible through an appropriation contained in the sundry civil bill for the year 1921. This will enable the institution to carry out the provisions of the act of establishment in which art was placed on an equal footing with science in the proposed development of the institution. Before the gallery was made a separate bureau it was under the United States National Museum.


  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1921. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1922, p. 16.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 311, Finding Aid, "Office of the Director, NCFA, 1892-1975, and Undated Records," p. 10.

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


July 1, 1920


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