An Act To provide indemnities for exhibitions of artistic and humanistic endeavors, and for other purposes

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  • The Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities, established under section 9 of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, is authorized to make agreements to indemnify against loss or damage such items as may be eligible for such indemnity agreements. Eligible items include: works of art, tapestries, painting, sculpture, folk art, graphics, and craft arts; manuscripts, rare documents, books, and other printed or published materials; other artifacts or objects; and photographs, motion pictures, or audio, and video tapes which are of educational, cultural, historical, or scientific value, and the exhibition of which is certified by the Secretary of State or his designee as being in the national interest.
  • Provisions are set forth to cover applications for indemnity agreements, regulations for adjustment of valid claims for losses, and arbitration of issues relating to the dollar value of damages. There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to enable the Council to carry out its functions under the Act and to pay claims. The Council shall report annually to the Congress (1) all claims actually paid, (2) pending claims, and (3) the aggregate face value of contracts entered into by the Council which are outstanding at the close of that fiscal year.


  • United States Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act
  • Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities
  • National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 951)
  • United States. Secretary of State


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 89 Stat. 844
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


This Act may be cited as the "Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act." The Secretary of the Smithsonian is a member of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

Contained within

89 Stat. 844 (1975); Pub. L. No. 94-158 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1977
  • 12/20/1975


  • Artifacts
  • Art
  • Compensation (Law)
  • Historic preservation
  • Indemnity
  • Exhibitions
  • Protection
  • Cultural property
  • Damages
  • Art objects
  • Cultural property--Protection


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 3; Page Numbers: 844-46

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