Act of Organization of the Smithsonian Institution, August 10, 1846, with amendments to March 3, 1899

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This is the legistlation organizing the Smithsonian Institution, and specifies the organization of the Board of Regents and what should be acquired by the Smithsonian, as well as information on appropriations.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Vol. 42

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




Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men

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pp. xxi-xxvi

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