An Act Making appropriations for the Executive Office and sundry independent executive bureaus, boards, commissions, and offices, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1938, and for other purposes

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  • The following sums are appropriated for the Smithsonian Institution: $36,330 for general administrative office expenses, compensation of employees, traveling expenses, purchase of books and periodicals; $44, 260 for the system of international exchanges; $58,730 for American ethnology for continuing ethnological researches among the American Indians and natives of Hawaii, the excavation and preservation of The sum of $144,840 is appropriated for the National Museum for cases, furniture, fixtures, and appliances; heating, lighting, electrical, telegraphic, and telephonic service, repairs and alterations of buildings, shops, and sheds. Of this sum, $10,450 shall be available only for installation of a water main and water line and the purchase of fire hose.
  • For continuing preservation of collections from the surveying and exploring expeditions of the Government, for purchasing uniforms to guards and elevator conductors, postage stamps and foreign postal cards, for preparation of manuscripts, and for purchase of books, pamphlets, and periodicals. The sum of $34, 275 is provided for the administration of the National Gallery of Art, including compensation of employees, purchase of books and periodicals, traveling expenses, and uniforms for guards. For all printing and binding for the Smithsonian Institution, $65,000 is provided, of which $8,000 shall be available for printing the report of the American Historical Association. The total appropriation, Smithsonian Institution, is $1,023,665.


  • American Historical Association
  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • United States National Museum
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • National Gallery of Art (U.S.)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 50 Stat. 329
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

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50 Stat. 329 (1937); ch. 396 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1937
  • 06/28/1937


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Books and reading
  • Postage stamps
  • Telephone
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Fire hose
  • Postcard
  • Archaeology
  • Electricity
  • Lighting
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Salaries
  • Watchmen
  • Printing
  • Telegraph
  • Architecture
  • Finance
  • Officials and employees
  • Ethnology
  • Museums
  • Surveying
  • Uniforms
  • International exchanges
  • Museum finance
  • Heating
  • Preservation of materials
  • Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Bookbinding
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Periodicals
  • Water-pipes
  • Books
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Museums--Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Officials and employees--Salaries


  • Hawaii
  • North America


Public Law

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Number of pages: 3; Page Numbers: 329, 342-43

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