An Act Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1956, and for other purposes

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  • The sum of $4,000,000 is appropriated for salaries and expenses of the Smithsonian Institution including: preservation, exhibition, and increase of collections from Government surveying and exploring expeditions; international exchanges; anthropological researches among American Indians and natives of lands under the jurisdiction of the U.S.; excavation and preservation of archeological remains; maintenance of the Astrophysical Observatory; administration of the National Collection of Fine Arts; administration, construction, and maintenance of laboratory and other facilities on Barro Colorado Island, Canal Zone; maintenance and administration of a national air museum; expenses of travel; purchase, repair, and cleaning of uniforms for guards and elevator conductors; repairs and alterations of buildings and approaches; and preparation of manuscripts, drawings, and illustrations for publications.
  • The Smithsonian Institution is authorized without regard to section 505 of the Classification Act of 1949, to place two positions in GS-18, two positions in GS-17, and one additional position in GS-16 of the General Schedule.
  • The sum of $1,355,000 is appropriated for upkeep and operation of the National Gallery of Art including: protection and care of the works of art therein; administrative 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; purchase or rental of devices and services for protecting buildings and contents; maintenance and repair of buildings, approaches, and grounds; expenses of travel; and not to exceed $15,000 for restoration and repair of works of art by contracts made, without advertising, with individuals, firms, or organizations at such rates and terms and conditions as the Gallery may deem proper.


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


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 69 Stat. 141
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

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69 Stat. 141 (1955); ch. 147 (Book)

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


  • 1955
  • 06/16/1955


  • Associations, institution, etc
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Art
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Wage payment systems
  • Archaeology
  • Membership
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Protection
  • Salaries
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
  • Watchmen
  • Description and travel
  • Art museums
  • Architecture
  • Finance
  • Officials and employees
  • Ethnology
  • Museums
  • Surveying
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Manuscripts
  • Uniforms
  • International exchanges
  • Museum finance
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Preservation of materials
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • National Collections
  • Art objects--Conservation and restoration
  • Associations, institution, etc--Membership
  • Buildings--Protection
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Officials and employees--Salaries
  • Museum publications
  • Travel


  • Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
  • North America


Public Law

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 141, 157

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