An Act Making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-seven, and for other purposes

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The following sums are appropriated: $19,000 for international exchanges; $45,000 for continuing ethnological researches among the American Indians; $10,000 for maintenance of the Astrophysical Observatory. These sums are appropriated for the National Museum: $15,000 for furniture; $13,000 for heating; $153,225 for preserving collections from the surveying and exploring expeditions of the Government, including salaries of all employees; $4,000 for building repairs; $2,000 for rent of workshops; $500 for postage stamps and foreign postal cards; and $8,000 for new galleries. For the expenses of the National Zoological Park, $67,000 is appropriated for continuing construction of roads, walks, bridges, water supply, sewerage and drainage, grounds maintenance and repairs of buildings. For printing labels and blanks, for printing annual publications, and for binding scientific books and pamphlets presented to and acquired by the National Museum Library, $12,000 is provided.


  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 29 Stat. 413
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

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29 Stat. 413 (1896); ch. 420 (Book)

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


  • 1897
  • 06/11/1896


  • Printing
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Sewerage
  • Books and reading
  • Postage stamps
  • Roads
  • Finance
  • Officials and employees
  • Ethnology
  • Museums
  • Workshops
  • Surveying
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Bridges
  • Postcard
  • International exchanges
  • Museum finance
  • Heating
  • Preservation of materials
  • Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Salaries
  • Sidewalks
  • Books
  • Museums--Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Officials and employees--Salaries


North America


Public Law

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Number of pages: 4; Page Numbers: 413, 425, 452-53

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