An Act Making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and fifteen, and for other purposes

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  • The following sums are appropriated: $32,000 for expenses of 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, including salaries of employees; $7,500 for the cooperation in the work of the International Catalogue of scientific Literature; $13,000 for maintenance of Astrophysical Observatory; $2,000 for equipping the tower telescope of the Astrophysical Observatory on Mount Wilson, California; $10,000 for book stacks for Government bureau libraries, including heating and lighting apparatus and repairs to the floor, columns, walls, and windows; $16,000 for repairs to the Smithsonian Building. These sums are provided for the National Museum: $25,000 for cases, furniture, etc.; $46,000 for expense of heating, lighting, electrical, telegraphic, and telephonic service.
  • $300,000 for continuing the preservation, exhibition, and increase of collections from the surveying and exploring expeditions of the Government; $2,000 for purchase of books, pamphlets, and periodicals for reference; $10,000 for repairs to buildings, shops, and sheds; $500 for postage stamps and foreign postal cards; in all, for the National Museum, $383,500. The sum of $100,000, one-half of which shall be paid from the revenues of the District of Columbia and the other half from the Treasury of the United States, is provided for the National Zoological Park for continuing the construction of roads, walks, bridges, water supply, sewerage, and drainage and for improving the grounds. The sum of $3,000 is provided for improvement, care and maintenance of Smithsonian grounds.
  • The provision of the Act to authorize the establishment of a marine biological station on the Gulf coast of the State of Florida, approved March 1, 1911 (36 Stat. 1443), is amended to read as follows: Provided, that the State of Florida, a corporation, a firm, or an individual donates and transfers free of cost to the Government of the United States the necessary land and water rights.


  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • International Catalogue of Scientific Literature
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum
  • United States Dept. of the Treasury
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 38 Stat. 609
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

38 Stat. 609 (1914); ch. 223 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1915
  • 08/01/1914


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Postage stamps
  • Telephone
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Postcard
  • Archaeology
  • Electricity
  • Lighting
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Libraries
  • Salaries
  • Sheds
  • Sewerage
  • Telegraph
  • Architecture
  • Finance
  • Officials and employees
  • Ethnology
  • Museums
  • Surveying
  • Grounds maintenance
  • International exchanges
  • Museum finance
  • Observatories
  • Heating
  • Preservation of materials
  • Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Shelving for books
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Museums--Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Officials and employees--Salaries


  • Hawaii
  • Florida
  • North America
  • Washington (D.C.)


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 73; Page Numbers: 609-81

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