An Act making Appropriations for the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Expenses of Government for the Year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-eight

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The following sums are appropriated: for compensation of keepers, watchmen, and laborers responsible for the preservation of the collections of the Exploring Expedition, $3,450; for contingent expenses, $200; for suitable cases to receive the collections of the Exploring Expedition, and others, in geology and mineralogy, belonging to the U.S. now in the Patent Office, $15,000; and for the expense of the transfer of these collections to the Smithsonian Institution, and the permanent arrangement of the cases, $2,000. With this legislation, the Smithsonian assumes responsibility for the national collections.


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  • United States Exploring Expedition (USEE)


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  • 11 Stat. 206
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

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11 Stat. 206 (1857); ch. 107 (Book)

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  • 1859
  • 03/03/1857


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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 206, 219

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