An Act Making appropriations for the support of the Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1951, and for other purposes


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  • The sum of $2,700,000 is appropriated for salaries and expenses of the Smithsonian Institution including: expenses for the preservation, exhibition, and increase of collections from the surveying and exploring expeditions of the Government; for the system of international exchanges; for anthropological researches among the American Indians and the natives of lands under the jurisdiction or protection of the United States; excavation and preservation of archeological remains; for maintenance of the Astrophysical Observatory; for the administration of the National Collection of Fine Arts; for the construction and maintenance of laboratory and other facilities on Barro Colorado Island, Canal Zone; and for the maintenance and administration of a national air museum; including personal services in the District of Columbia.
  • Also traveling expenses; payment of tort claims pursuant to law (28 U.S.C. 2672); a health service program as authorized by law (5 U.S.C. 150); printing and binding including the report of the American Historical Association; purchase and cleaning of uniforms for guards and elevator conductors; repairs and alterations of buildings; and preparation of manuscripts, drawings, and illustrations for publications.
  • The sum of $1,179,000 is provided for salaries and expenses of the National Gallery of Art including the upkeep and operation of the National Gallery of Art, the protection and care of the works of art therein, and administrative expenses incident thereto; health service program; payment of tort claims; traveling expenses; payment in advance when authorized by the treasurer of the Gallery for membership in library, museum, and art associations or societies whose publications or services are available to members only; purchase, repair, and cleaning of uniforms for guards and elevator operators; printing and binding; purchase or rental of devices and services for protecting buildings; and maintenance and repair of buildings and grounds.


81st Congress, Sess. 2, 1950


  • American Historical Association
  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • United States National Museum
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • National Gallery of Art (U.S.)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 64 Stat. 595
  • Title 20, Education, sec. 1
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

64 Stat. 595 (1950); ch. 896 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1952
  • 09/06/1950


  • Construction (Buildings)
  • Printing
  • Salaries
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Manuscripts
  • Books and reading
  • Surveying
  • Firearms
  • Description and travel
  • Uniforms
  • Torts
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Finance
  • Art muesums
  • International exchanges
  • Officials and employees
  • Ethnology
  • Annual Reports
  • Buildings
  • Watchmen
  • National Collections
  • Preservation of materials
  • Ammunition
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
  • Bookbinding
  • Liability (Law)
  • Periodicals
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Archaeology
  • Medicine
  • Museum finance
  • Art museums
  • Books
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Medical care
  • Officials and employees--Salaries
  • Travel


  • North America
  • Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)


Public Law

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Number of pages: 3; Page Numbers: 595, 713-14

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