An act making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety, and for other purposes

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  • The following sums are appropriated: $15,000 for the system of international exchanges, including salaries or compensation of all necessary employees; $40,000 for the purpose of continuing ethnological researches among the American Indians; $12,000 for the expense of heating, lighting, and electrical and telephonic service for the National Museum; $140,000 for the preservation, exhibition, and increase of the collections from the surveying and exploring expeditions of the Government; $30,000 for cases, furniture, fixtures, and appliances required for the exhibition and safe-keeping of the collections; and $1,000 for postage-stamps and foreign postal-cards for the National Museum.
  • For the accommodation of the offices of the United States Fish Commission, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution is hereby required to move from the second and third stories of the Armory Building all properties except such as are connected with the work shops under his control. The Architect of the Capitol is hereby directed to examine and report to Congress as to the practicability and cost of constructing a basement story under the National Museum Building. The sum of $10,000 is appropriated for printing labels and blanks for the use of the National Museum and for the bulletins and annual volumes of the Proceedings of the Museum.


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Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 25 Stat. 939
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

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25 Stat. 939 (1889); ch. 411 (Book)

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


  • 1889
  • 03/02/1889


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  • Museum labels
  • Architecture
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  • Ethnology
  • Museums
  • Surveying
  • International exchanges
  • Museum finance
  • Heating
  • Preservation of materials
  • Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Annual Reports
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Museum publications
  • Museums--Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Officials and employees--Salaries
  • Research


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Public Law

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Number of pages: 4; Page Numbers: 939, 952-53, 979

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