Joint Resolution Making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 1985, and for other purposes

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  • The sum of $165,730,000 is appropriated for the expenses of the Smithsonian Institution including: research in the fields of art, science, and history; development, preservation, and documentation of the National Collections; presentation of public exhibits and performances; collection, preparation, dissemination, and exchange of information and publications; conduct of education, training, and museum assistance programs; maintenance, alteration, operation, lease and protection of buildings, facilities, and approaches; up to 5 replacement passenger vehicles; purchase, rental, repair, and cleaning of uniforms for employees; not less than $789,000 to carry out the provisions of the National Museum Act.
  • $350,000 to be made available to the trustees of John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for payment to the National Symphony Orchestra and $350,000 for payment to the Washington Opera Society for activities related to their responsibilities as resident entities of the Center. None of these funds shall be available to a Smithsonian Research Foundation. The sum of $9,000,000 is provided for payments in foreign currencies which the Treasury Department shall determine to be excess to the normal requirements of the United States, for necessary expenses for carrying out museum programs, scientific and cultural research, and related educational activities. Not to Exceed $500,000 may be used to make grant awards to employees of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • The sum of $4,950,000 is appropriated for the expenses of planning, construction, remodeling, and equipping of buildings and facilities at the National Zoological Park. The sum of $13,750,000 is appropriated for the necessary expenses of restoration and renovation of buildings owned or occupied by the Smithsonian Institution. The Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution is authorized to transfer to the county of Santa Cruz, Arizona, a sum not to exceed $100,000 for the purpose of assisting in the funding of the construction of a permanent access to the Whipple Observatory near Amado, Arizona.
  • The sum of $36,821,000 is appropriated for the upkeep and operations of the National Gallery of Art including: protection and care of the works of art; 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, or to members at a price lower than to the general public; purchase, repair, and cleaning of uniforms for guards; purchase, or rental of devices and services for protecting buildings and contents; maintenance, alteration, improvement, and repair of buildings, approaches, and grounds; purchase of services for restoration and repair of works of art for the National Gallery of Art. The sum of $3,200,000 shall remain available until expended for the repair, renovation, and restoration program of the original West Building.
  • $3,992,000 shall remain available until expended for the special exhibition program ($2,000,000 is for Treasure Houses of Britain exhibit). $2,712,000 is provided for expenses necessary in carrying out provisions of the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Act of 1968 (82 Stat. 1356), including hire of passenger vehicles and services. Section 9 of the Kennedy Center Act (20 U.S.C. 76o) is amended by adding new subsections. Effective as of the date of enactment of this subsection, obligations of the Board incurred under subsection (a) of this section shall bear no interest, and the requirement of the Board to pay unpaid interest which has accrued on such obligations is terminated. There is established in the Treasury of the U.S. a sinking fund, Kennedy Center Revenue Bond Sinking Fund, which shall be used to retire obligations of the Boards incurred under subsection (a) of this section upon the respective maturities of such obligations.
  • The Board shall pay into the Fund, beginning on January 1, 1987 and ending on January 1, 2016, annual sum of $200,000 in amortization of the principal amount of the obligations. Such sums shall be invested by Secretary of the Treasury in public debt securities with maturities suitable for the needs of the Fund and bearing interest at rates determined by the Treasury Secretary, taking into consideration current average market yield on outstanding marketable obligations of the U.S. of comparable maturities. Interest on such investments shall be credited to the Fund. Moneys in the Fund shall be used exclusively to retire obligations of the Board incurred under subsection (a) of this section. Adjustment of not greater than plus or minus 5 percentum may be made from time to time in the annual payments to the Fund in order to correct any gains or deficiencies as a result of fluctuations in interest rates over the life of the Investments.


  • Kennedy, John F (John Fitzgerald) 1917-1963
  • Whipple, Fred Lawrence 1906-
  • National Collections
  • United States. Secretary of the Treasury
  • Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Art
  • Foreign Currency Program (FCP)
  • Kennedy Center Revenue Bond Sinking Fund
  • National Museum Act
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • Treasure Houses of Britain (Exhibition)
  • Washington Opera Society
  • Woodrow Wilson Memorial Act of 1968 (82 Stat. 1356)
  • National Gallery of Art (U.S.)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 98 Stat. 1837
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


This Act may be cited as the "Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1985".

Contained within

98 Stat. 1837 (1984); Pub. L. No. 98-473 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1986
  • 10/12/1984


  • Communication in science
  • Art
  • Motor vehicles
  • Debts, Public
  • Education
  • Membership
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Research grants
  • Associations, institutions, etc
  • Protection
  • Amortization
  • Art museums
  • Architecture
  • Finance
  • Museums
  • Finance, Public
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Uniforms
  • Museum finance
  • Sinking-funds
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Amendments (Parliamentary practice)
  • Preservation of materials
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Science Information Exchange
  • Amado, Arizona
  • Art objects--Conservation and restoration
  • Associations, institutions, etc--Membership
  • Buildings--Protection
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Research


  • Amado, Arizona
  • Santa Cruz County (Ariz.)


Public Law

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Number of pages: 7; Page Numbers: 1837, 1866-9, 1876-77

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