An Act Making appropriations for the Executive Office and sundry independent executive bureaus, boards, commissions, and offices, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1939, and for other purposes

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  • The sum of $343,785 is appropriated for the Smithsonian Institution for: expenses of the general administrative office; for the system of international exchanges; for continuing ethnological researches among the American Indians and the natives of Hawaii and the excavation and preservation of archeologic remains; for maintenance of the Astrophysical Observatory, for cases, furniture, fixtures and appliances required for the exhibition and safekeeping of collections; for administration of the National Collection of Fine Arts; for purchase of books of reference and periodicals, traveling expenses, uniforms for guards, preparation of manuscripts, supplying of heating, lighting, electrical, telegraphic, and telephone service, repairs and alterations of buildings, shops and sheds.
  • The sum of $609,380 is appropriated for continuing preservation, exhibition and increase of collections from the surveying and exploring expeditions of the Government, including personal services, traveling expenses, purchasing uniforms for guards, postage stamps and foreign postal cards, and purchase of books, pamphlets, and periodicals. For all printing and binding for the Smithsonian Institution, the sum of $68,000 is provided, of which $8,000 shall be available for printing the report of the American Historical Association. The total appropriation for the Smithsonian Institution is $1,021,165.


  • American Historical Association
  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • United States National Museum


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 52 Stat. 410
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

52 Stat. 410 (1938); ch. 259 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1938
  • 05/23/1938


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Books and reading
  • Postage stamps
  • Telephone
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Postcard
  • Archaeology
  • Electricity
  • Lighting
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Salaries
  • Sheds
  • 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
  • Books
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Museums--Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Officials and employees--Salaries


  • Hawaii
  • North America


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 410, 425

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