An Act To amend the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, and for other purposes

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  • Title II of this Act sets forth amendments to the Museum Services Act (20 U.S.C. 963). Members of the National Museum Services Board shall be selected from among citizens of the United States who are members of the general public and who are broadly representative of the various museums, including museums relating to science, history, technology, art, zoos, and botanical gardens, and of the curatorial, educational, and cultural resources of the United States. The Board may not include, at any time, more than three members from a single State. In making such appointments, the President shall give due regard to equitable representation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who are involved in such museums.
  • Authorized appropriations include: $21,600,000 for fiscal year 1986, $22,464,000 for fiscal year 1987, $23,362,560 for fiscal year 1988, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 1989 and 1990. The Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act (20 U.S.C. 971(b)) is amended by adding the following new paragraph: "(2) For purposes of this Act, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the Director of the National Gallery of Art, the member designated by the Chairman of the Senate Commission of Art and Antiquities and the member designated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall not serve as members of the Council.". Eligibility for indemnity and indemnity agreements are clarified.
  • The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study to determine the feasibility of supplementing expenditures made from the general fund of the Treasury of the United States for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum Services through other Federal funding mechanisms. Guidelines are set forth for an education program for the commemoration of the bicentennial of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. There is established in the Library of Congress the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.


  • United States Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act
  • United States General Accounting Office
  • Institute of Museum Services
  • United States Museum Services Act
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
  • United States. Congress. House. Speaker
  • United States. Congress. Senate. Commission on Art and Antiquities
  • United States Dept. of the Treasury
  • National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 951)
  • National Museum Services Board
  • National Gallery of Art (U.S.)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 99 Stat. 1332
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


This Act may be cited as the "Arts, Humanities, and Museums Amendments of 1985."

Contained within

99 Stat. 1332 (1985); Pub. L. No. 99-194 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1987
  • 12/20/1985


  • Poets laureate
  • Antiquities
  • Amendments (Parliamentary practice)
  • People with disabilities
  • Museums
  • United States Constitution Bicentennial, 1987-1991
  • Disabilities


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 16; Page Numbers: 1332-47

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