An Act Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1991, and for other purposes

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  • The sum of $274,321,000 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; and purchase, rental, repair and cleaning of uniforms for employees.
  • The appropriation includes a sum not to exceed $18,332,000 for the instrumentation program, collections acquisition, Museum Support Center equipment and move, exhibition reinstallation, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the repatriation of skeletal remains program, and, including such funds as may be necessary to support American overseas research centers and a total of $125,000 for the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. A sum of $15,000,000, of the amount appropriated under this head, shall be made available to the Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for repayment of an accumulated operating deficit. The special Foreign Currency Program receives funds previously appropriated in this account for the American Institute of Indian Studies Forward Funded Reserve.
  • These funds may be invested in India by the United States Embassy in India in interest bearing accounts with interest to be used along with other funds in the account to support the ongoing programs of the American Institute of Indian Studies. The sum of $6,671,000 is provided for the expenses of planning, construction, remodeling, and equipping buildings and facilities at the National Zoological Park. The sum of $31,356,000 is appropriated for necessary expenses of repair and restoration of buildings owned or occupied by the Smithsonian Institution. The sum of $15,489,000 is provided for necessary expenses for construction. This sum includes $1,500,000 for the East Court building of the National Museum of Natural History. The Institution is authorized to transfer to the State of Arizona a sum not to exceed $150,000 for assisting in construction or maintenance of an access to the Whipple Observatory.
  • The Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Energy, and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution are authorized to enter into contracts with State and local governmental entities, including local fire districts, for procurement of services in the presuppression, detection, and suppression of fires on any units within their jurisdiction. Section 318 of this Act includes the Arts, Humanities, and Museums Amendments of 1990 and sets forth several technical amendments relating to the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, the Museum Services Act, and the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act.


  • Kennedy, John F (John Fitzgerald) 1917-1963
  • Whipple, Fred Lawrence 1906-
  • American Institute of Indian Studies
  • United States Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act
  • Arts, Humanities, and Museums Amendments of 1990
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers
  • Foreign Currency Program (FCP)
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)
  • United States Museum Services Act
  • National Collections
  • National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities
  • National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 951)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • United States. Secretary of Agriculture
  • United States. Secretary of Energy
  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 104 Stat. 1915
  • Title 20, Education; Title 42, Public Health and Welfare, sec. 1856a-1
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

104 Stat. 1915 (1990); Pub. L. No. 101-512 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1991
  • 11/05/1990


  • Communication in science
  • Art
  • Art museums
  • Architecture
  • Finance
  • Human remains (Archaeology)
  • Ethnology
  • Museums
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Motor vehicles
  • Uniforms
  • Fire prevention
  • Museum finance
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Amendments (Parliamentary practice)
  • Education
  • Preservation of materials
  • Fire
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Protection
  • Science Information Exchange
  • Art objects--Conservation and restoration
  • Buildings--Protection
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Museum exhibits
  • Fires
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Research


  • North America
  • Arizona


Public Law

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Number of pages: 10; Page Numbers: 1915, 1953-54, 1959-60, 1970, 1974-77

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