An Act Making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1920, and for other purposes

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  • The following sums are appropriated:$45,000 for fiscal year 1920 for international exchanges; $42,000 for continuing ethnological researches among the American Indians and the natives of Hawaii, including the excavation and preservation of archaeologic remains; $7,500 for the cooperation of the United States in the work of the International Catalogue of Scientific Literature; $13,000 for maintenance of The Astrophysical Observatory; the unexpended balance of the appropriation "for observation of the total eclipse of the sun of June 8, 1918" is reappropriated for observation of the total eclipse of the sun of May 28, 1919, visible in Bolivia; $20,000 for cases, furniture, fixtures and appliance for the National Museum; $55,000 for heating, lighting, electrical, telegraphic and telephonic service for the National Museum.
  • Also $300,000 for the preservation, exhibition, and increase of collections from the surveying and exploring expeditions of the Government; $10,000 for building repairs; $2,000 for purchase of books, pamphlets and periodicals for reference; $500 for postage stamps and foreign postal cards. In all, for the National Museum, $387,500 is appropriated. The sum of $115,000 is provided for the expenses of the National Zoological Park, one half of which sum shall be paid from the revenues of the District of Columbia and the other half from the Treasury of the United States. A new lodge and comfort station in the Smithsonian Grounds, $4,000 is appropriated.
  • The sum of $76,000 is appropriated for the Smithsonian Institution and designated in the following manner: $10,000 for printing and binding the annual reports of the Board of Regents; $37,500 for the annual reports of the National Museum; $21,000 for the annual reports and bulletins of the Bureau of American Ethnology; $200 for miscellaneous printing and binding for the International Exchanges; $100 for the International Catalogue of Scientific Literature; $200 for the National Zoological Park; $200 for the Astrophysical Observatory; $7,000 for the annual report of the American Historical Association.


  • American Historical Association
  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • Board of Regents
  • Bolivia
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • International Catalogue of Scientific Literature
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • United States National Museum


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 41 Stat. 163
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

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41 Stat. 163 (1919); ch. 24 (Book)

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


  • 1921
  • 07/19/1919


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Books and reading
  • Postage stamps
  • Architecture
  • Telephone
  • Ethnology
  • Museums
  • Surveying
  • Solar eclipses
  • Postcard
  • Archaeology
  • International exchanges
  • Observatories
  • Electricity
  • Heating
  • Preservation of materials
  • Lighting
  • Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Annual Reports
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Public comfort stations
  • Books
  • Museums--Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction


  • Hawaii
  • North America


Public Law

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Number of pages: 5; Page Numbers: 163, 181-82, 187, 229

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