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

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  • The following sums are appropriated: $35,000 for the system of international exchanges, including employees and the purchase of necessary books and periodicals; $42,000 for continuing ethnological researches among the American Indians and the natives of Hawaii, including the excavation and preservation of archaeologic remains; $7,500 for the work of the International Catalogue of Scientific Literature; $13,000 for maintenance of the Astrophysical Observatory; $2,000 for observation of the total eclipse of the sun, June 8, 1918, including purchase of necessary apparatus and supplies; $25,000 for the National Museum for cases, furniture, etc.; $46,000 for heating, lighting, electrical, telegraphic, and telephonic service; and $300,000 for continuing preservation, exhibition, and increase of collections from the surveying and exploring expeditions of the Government.
  • Also$10,000 for repairs of buildings, shops, and sheds; $2,000 for purchase of books, pamphlets, and periodicals for reference; and $500 for postage stamps and foreign postal cards. In all, National Museum, $383,500. The sum of $100,000 is appropriated for the National Zoological Park for: roads, walks, bridges, water supply, sewerage, and drainage; improving the grounds; erecting and repairing buildings; care and transportation of animals; necessary employees; driving of horses and vehicles required for official purposes. 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 amount which shall have been subscribed and paid into the treasury of the George Washington Memorial Association before the actual construction of said building shall be under taken is hereby fixed at $500,000.
  • The limit for beginning the erection of the George Washington Memorial Building is extended to March 4, 1919. The sum of $76,200 is appropriated for printing labels and blanks, for printing and binding several annual reports, including those of the Board of Regents, National Museum, Bureau of American Ethnology, and the American Historical Association; and for miscellaneous printing and binding. The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to cancel the assessment of $13,252.21, being income tax on profit on the sale of Charles L. Freer of 12,095 shares of Parke, Davis and Co.'s stock. The sum of $1,000,000 of the proceeds from the sale of this stock was given to the Smithsonian Institution for the erection of a building to house the art collections presented to the nation by Mr. Freer.


  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • American Historical Association
  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • George Washington Memorial Association
  • International Catalogue of Scientific Literature
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Parke, Davis and Co
  • United States National Museum
  • United States Dept. of the Treasury
  • International Exchange Service (IES)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 40 Stat. 105
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


Reference is made to: An Act to Increase the Limit of Cost of Certain Public Buildings, 37 Stat.881, March 4, 1913

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40 Stat. 105 (1917); ch. 27 (Book)

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


  • 1919
  • 06/12/1917


  • Roads
  • Stocks
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Construction (Buildings)
  • Salaries
  • Sewerage
  • Museum labels
  • Architecture
  • Officials and employees
  • Ethnology
  • Bridges
  • International exchanges
  • Income tax
  • Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Annual Reports
  • Periodicals
  • Gifts
  • Sidewalks
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Art
  • Books and reading
  • Postage stamps
  • Telephone
  • Motor vehicles
  • Postcard
  • Archaeology
  • Electricity
  • Lighting
  • Sheds
  • George Washington Memorial Building
  • Printing
  • Telegraph
  • Art museums
  • Finance
  • Museums
  • Water-supply
  • Surveying
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Drainage
  • Museum finance
  • Museum stores
  • Animals
  • Heating
  • Preservation of materials
  • Bookbinding
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Horses
  • Private collections
  • Art--Private collections
  • Books
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Museums--Furniture, equipment, etc
  • Officials and employees--Salaries


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


Public Law

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Number of pages: 6; Page Numbers: 105, 122-23, 174-75, 181

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