An Act To render immune from seizure under judicial process certain objects of cultural significance imported into the United States for temporary display or exhibition, and for other purposes

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Whenever any work of art or other object of cultural significance is imported in to the United States from any foreign country for the temporary exhibition or display within the United States at any cultural exhibition, assembly, activity, or festival, no court may issue or enforce any judicial process, or enter any judgment, decree, or order, for the purpose or having the effect of depriving such institution of custody or control of the art object. Before the importation of such object the President will determine if such object is of cultural significance and that the temporary exhibition or display within the United States is in the national interest, and a notice to that effect will be published in the Federal Register.


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  • 79 Stat. 985
  • Title 22, Foreign Relations and Intercourse
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

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79 Stat. 985 (1965); Pub. L. No. 89-259 (Book)

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


  • 1966
  • 10/19/1965


  • Art
  • Judicial process
  • Exhibitions
  • Protection
  • Cultural property
  • Art--Protection
  • Art objects
  • Cultural property--Protection


Public Law

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Number of pages: 1; Page Numbers: 985

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