An Act to Establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men, 1846

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The official legislation enacting the Smithsonian Institution as an establishment. Enacts the deposit of the Smithson fund into the U. S. Treasury; creation of the Board of Regents; a building to be built to house a museum, chemical laboratory, library, art gallery, and lecture rooms; creation of the post of Secretary to direct the Institution; and creation of the Institution as an official copyright depository.


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


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Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Vol. 18


A copy (Stat IX, 102) also included in the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, vol. 42, 1901, p. 428-433; Revised Statutes, title LXXIII included in Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, vol 18, p. 761-768

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

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pp. 753-760

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