A Bill providing for the disposition and management of the Smithson fund

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Mr. Robbins from the Joint Committee on the Smithson Bequest reported the bill which was read and passed to a second reading. The bill states that the Smithson fund should be managed by a board of nine trustees, subject to regulations imposed by Congress. Trustees shall hold office for one year. All expenditures made by the board are subject to approval by the President of the United States. Trustees are directed to prepare a charter of incorporation and plan for an institution for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Robbins, Asher 1761-1845
  • United States Congress


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • S. 292
  • Title 20, Education
  • Bill


for other bills relating to the act establishing the Smithsonian Institution see S. 18, S. 259, S. 293, S. 292, H. R. 5, H.R. 863, H.R. 386, H.R. 418, H.R. 1, H.R. 1160, H.R. 1161

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  • Smithson Bequest
  • Trusts and trustees
  • Charters
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • SI, Early History
  • Museums
  • Management
  • Management--Museums



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