Amendment to the bill (H.R. 5) to establish the Smithsonian Institute for the increase and diffusion of knowledge

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This Amendment is a replacement for bill for the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution. It establishes a Board of Regents and states how the members are to be appointed. The initial duties of the board are to find a location for the Smithsonian Institution and to plan for the erection of the building which shall contain a library, space for the display of objects of natural history, a geological and mineralogical cabinet, a chemistry lab and lecture rooms. It instructs the board to have all objects of natural history, plants and geological and mineralogical specimens, and objects of art and of foreign and curious research belonging to the United States delivered to the Institution. The Secretary of the Board is to be in charge of the building and property, take on the duties of librarian, hire assistants. The Board should publish essays for the dissemination of knowledge.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • United States Congress
  • Board of Regents
  • National Institute


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  • H. R. 5, amended
  • Title 20, Education
  • Bill


for other bills relating to the act establishing the Smithsonian Institution see S. 18, S. 259, S. 293, S. 292, S. 245, H.R. 863, H.R. 386, H.R. 418, H.R. 1, H.R. 1160, H.R. 1161

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