Salaries of All Employees in 1855

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In 1855, the following salaries are paid under general expenses: $3,500 to the Secretary; $1,200 to a chief clerk; $200 to a bookkeeper; $400 to a janitor; $250 to a laborer; $365 to a watchman; and $250 to extra clerks. Under library expenses, $1,740 is paid to assistants; and under museum expenses, a salary of $2,000 goes to the Assistant Secretary.


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Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1855, p. 68-69

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