An Act To provide for a National Cultural Center which will be constructed, with funds raised by voluntary contributions, on a site made available in the District of Columbia

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Summary

  • A Board is established whose duty it shall be to maintain and administer the National Cultural Center. The Board shall be composed as follows: The Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, the Librarian of Congress, the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, the Chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts, the President of the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia, the Chairman of the District of Columbia Recreation Board, the Director of the National Park Service, the Commissioner of the United States Office of Education, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, three Members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate, and three Members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives ex officio; and fifteen general trustees who shall be citizens of the United States.
  • There shall be an Advisory Committee on the Arts composed of such members as the President may designate. The Board shall construct for the Smithsonian Institution a building to be designated as the National Cultural Center. The duties and powers of the Board are set forth. The Board is authorized to solicit and accept for the Smithsonian Institution and to hold and administer gifts, bequests, or devises of money, securities, or other property for the benefit of the National Cultural Center. If the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution does not find sufficient funds to construct the National Cultural Center within five years after the date of enactment of this Act, all offices and appointments created by this Act shall terminate.
  • In that event, any remaining funds shall be used by the Board of Regents to carry out the purposes of the Act entitled: An Act to provide for the transfer of the Civil Service Commission Building in the District of Columbia to the Smithsonian Institution to house certain art collections of the Smithsonian Institution, 72 Stat. 68 (1958).

Author

85th Congress, Sess. 2, 1958

Subject

  • Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
  • Board of Regents
  • Chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts
  • Chairman of the District of Columbia Recreation Board
  • United States Office of Education
  • Director of the National Park Service
  • Librarian of Congress
  • President of the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia
  • United States Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare
  • Trustees of the National Cultural Center
  • United States Congress House
  • United States Congress Senate
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)

Category

Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 72 Stat. 1698
  • Title 05, Government Organization and Employees
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Notes

This Act may be cited as the "National Cultural Center Act".

Contained within

72 Stat. 1698 (1958); Pub. L. No. 85-874 (Book)

Contact information

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

Date

  • 1959
  • 09/02/1958

Topic

  • Secretaries
  • Gifts
  • Trusts and trustees
  • Administrative agencies

Form/Genre

Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 3; Page Numbers: 1698-1700

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