An Act making Appropriations for the Civil and Diplomatic Expenses of Government for the year ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, and for other purposes

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The sum of $2,980 is appropriated for the preservation of the collections of the Exploring Expedition and for the compensation of keepers, watchmen, and laborers. The collections of the Exploring Expedition, now in the Patent Office, will be placed under the care of the Commissioner of Patents. The Commissioner is authorized to employ a principal keeper of the collections at an annual salary of $900, an assistant keeper at an annual salary of $750, one night watchman at an annual salary of $600, and two laborers at an annual salary each of $365.


  • United States Patent Office
  • United States Exploring Expedition (USEE)
  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • Office of Protective Services


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  • 10 Stat. 546
  • Title 35, Patents
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

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10 Stat. 546 (1854); ch, 242 (Book)

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


  • 1855
  • 08/04/1854


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Museum finance
  • Preservation of materials
  • Finance
  • Officials and employees
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Salaries
  • Watchmen
  • Officials and employees--Salaries


Public Law

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Number of pages: 3; Page Numbers: 546, 552, 572

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