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

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  • The following sums are appropriated for the for the National Museum: $145,000 for continuing the preservation of the collections; $25,000 for cases, furniture, fixtures and appliances, including salaries of employees; $12,000 for heating, lighting, electrical, telegraphic and telephonic service; $3,000 for necessary alterations of the boilers; $5,000 for removing the decayed wooden floors;$10,000 for the purchase of the "Capron collection of Japanese works of art"; $500 for postage stamps and foreign postal cards; $10,000 for payment to the daughters of the late Joseph Henry for valuable public services rendered by him.
  • These sums are appropriated for the National Zoological Park: $15,000 for continuing the construction of roads, walks, bridges, water supply, sewerage, and drainage, and for improving the grounds; $18,000 for erecting and repairing buildings and inclosures for animals, including salaries of employees; $17,500 for care, subsistence, and transportation of animals; in all $50,500, 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. Additional appropriations are: $10,000 for the Astro-Physical Observatory; $17,000 for international exchanges; $50,000 for North American Ethnology for continuing ethnological researches among the American Indians. T
  • he sum of $350,000 is provided for the selection, purchase, preparation and arrangement of such articles and materials as the heads of the several Executive Departments, the Smithsonian Institution and National Museum, and the United States Fish Commission may decide shall be embraced in the Government exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition. The sum of $15,000 is appropriated for printing labels and blanks and for the bulletins and annual volumes of the "Proceedings" of the National Museum.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • Capron Collection of Japanese Works of Art
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • United States Fish Commission
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • United States Dept. of the Treasury
  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 26 Stat. 948
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


With this appropriation for the Astro-Physical Observatory, the first legislative mention of this Smithsonian bureau, the Congress indicated their approval of the creation of an observatory at the Smithsonian, the dream of the late president John Quincy Adams.

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26 Stat. 948 (1891); ch. 542 (Book)

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  • 1891
  • 03/03/1891


  • Art
  • Astrophysics
  • Postage stamps
  • Roads
  • Telephone
  • Postcard
  • Electricity
  • Lighting
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Salaries
  • Floors
  • Sewerage
  • Telegraph
  • Museum labels
  • Architecture
  • Officials and employees
  • Ethnology
  • Boilers
  • Museums
  • Water-supply
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Bridges
  • International exchanges
  • Animals
  • Heating
  • Preservation of materials
  • Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Annual Reports
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Exhibitions
  • Sidewalks
  • Astronomy
  • Art, Japanese
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Museums--Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Officials and employees--Salaries


North America


Public Law

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Number of pages: 5; Page Numbers: 948, 963, 965-66, 988

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