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

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  • The following sums have been appropriated: $32,000 for international exchanges; $42,000 for American ethnology for continuing ethnological researches among the American Indians and the natives of Hawaii, including the excavation and preservation of archaeologic remains; $7,500 for cooperation in the work of the International Catalogue of Scientific Literature; $13,000 for maintenance of Astrophysical Observatory; $6,500 for fireproof book stacks, including heating and lighting apparatus and repairs to the floors; $25,000 for cases, furniture, etc. for the National Museum, including salaries of employees; $46,000 for heating, lighting, electrical, telegraphic, and telephonic service; $300,000 for preservation of collections from the surveying and exploring expeditions of the Government; and $2,000 for purchase of books, pamphlets, and periodicals for reference.
  • Also $15,000 for repairs to buildings, shops, and sheds; $500 for postage stamps and foreign postal cards; In all, $388,500 for the National Museum. The sum of $100,000 is appropriated for the National Zoological Park for roads, walks, bridges, water supply, sewerage, improving the grounds, erecting and repairing buildings, care, subsistence, purchase, and transportation of animals. One half of this sum shall be paid from the revenues of the District of Columbia and the other half from the Treasury of the United States. The Government branches under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution may exchange typewriters, adding machines, and other labor-saving devices in part payment for like articles. The limit of time for beginning the erection of the George Washington Memorial Building (provided at 37 Stat. 881) is extended to March 4, 1917.
  • In all $76,200 is appropriated for the Smithsonian Institution. The sum of $10,000 is provided for printing and binding the annual reports of the Board of Regents, $37,500 for the National Museum, for printing labels and blanks, $21,000 for the annual reports and bulletins of the Bureau of American Ethnology, $200 for miscellaneous printing and binding for the International Exchanges, $100 for the International Catalogue of Scientific Literature, $200 the National Zoological Park, $200 for the Astrophysical Observatory, and $7,000 for the annual report of the American Historical Association. The provisions of this section which set forth the time for furnishing copy to the Public Printer do not apply to the annual reports of the Smithsonian Institution, the Commissioner of Patents, or the Comptroller of the Currency.


  • American Historical Association
  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • United States Patent Office
  • United States Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum
  • United States Dept. of the Treasury
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • International Catalogue of Scientific Literature


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 38 Stat. 822
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


Reference is noted to: An Act to increase the limit of cost of certain public buildings, 37 Stat. 881, Mar. 4, 1913

Contained within

38 Stat. 822 (1915); ch. 75 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1915
  • 03/03/1915


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Books and reading
  • Postage stamps
  • Roads
  • Telephone
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Postcard
  • Archaeology
  • Government publications
  • Electricity
  • Lighting
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Salaries
  • Sheds
  • George Washington Memorial Building
  • Printing
  • Sewerage
  • Telegraph
  • Museum labels
  • Architecture
  • Finance
  • Officials and employees
  • Ethnology
  • Museums
  • Surveying
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Bridges
  • International exchanges
  • Museum finance
  • Observatories
  • Animals
  • Heating
  • Preservation of materials
  • Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Shelving for books
  • Annual Reports
  • Bookbinding
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Periodicals
  • Books
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Officials and employees--Salaries
  • Museums--Furniture, equipment, etc


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


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 5; Page Numbers: 822, 838, 839, 881, 886

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