An Act Making appropriations for the Executive office and sundry independent executive bureaus, boards, commissions, and offices, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1940, and for other purposes

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  • The sum of $356,620 is appropriated for: administrative expenses; international exchanges; continuing ethnological researches among the American Indians and the native of Hawaii and the excavation and preservation of archaeologic remains; maintenance of the Astrophysical Observatory; cases, furniture, etc; administration of the National Collection of Fine Arts, including purchase of books of reference and periodicals, uniforms for guards, preparation of manuscripts, drawings, and illustrations; supplying of heating, lighting, electrical, telegraphic, and telephone service, repairs and alterations of buildings, shops, and sheds.
  • The sum of $628,000 is provided for continuing preservation, exhibition, and increase of collections from the surveying and exploring expeditions of the Government, traveling expenses, purchasing and supplying uniforms to guards and elevator conductors, postage stamps and foreign postal cards. The sum of $73,000 is appropriated for all printing and binding, including the report of the American Historical Association. Total, Smithsonian Institution, $1,058,420, of which amount not to exceed $871,000 may be expended for personal services in the District of Columbia.


  • American Historical Association
  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • United States National Museum
  • International Exchange Service (IES)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 53 Stat. 524
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

53 Stat. 524 (1939); ch. 11 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1939
  • 03/16/1939


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


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


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 3; Page Numbers: 524, 539-40

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