An Act Making appropriations for the Executive Office and sundry independent executive bureaus, boards, commissions, corporations, agencies, and offices, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1955, and for other purposes

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  • The sum of $3,000,000 is appropriated for all necessary expenses for the Smithsonian Institution including: preservation, exhibition, and increase of collections from the surveying and exploring expeditions of the Government and from other sources; for the system of international exchanges between the United States and foreign countries; for anthropological researches among the American Indians and the natives of lands under the jurisdiction or protection of the United States; for maintenance of the Astrophysical Observatory and making necessary observations in high altitudes; for the administration of the National Collection of Fine Arts; for the administration, construction, and maintenance of laboratory and other facilities on Barro Colorado Island, Canal Zone; for the maintenance and administration of a national air museum.
  • Also including not to exceed $35,000 for services as authorized by section 15 of the Act of August 2, 1946 (5 U.S.C. 55a); including not to exceed $15,225 for expenses of travel; purchase, repair, and cleaning of uniforms for guards and elevator conductors; repairs and alterations of buildings and approaches; and preparation of manuscripts, drawings, and illustrations for publications.
  • The sum of $1,300,000 is appropriated for salaries and expenses of the National Gallery of Art including: upkeep and operation of the National Gallery of Art; protection and care of the works of art therein; 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 and elevator operators; purchase or rental of devices and services for protecting buildings and contents thereof; maintenance and repair of buildings approaches, and grounds; purchase of one passenger motor vehicle, for replacement only.
  • Of this, not to exceed $1,800 is for expenses of travel; and not to exceed $15,000 for restoration and repair of works of art for the National Gallery of Art by contracts made, without advertising, with individuals, firms, or organizations at such rates or prices and under such terms and conditions as the Gallery may deem proper.


  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • National Gallery of Art (U.S.)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 68 Stat. 272
  • Title 20, Education, Chapter 4
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

68 Stat. 272 (1954), Public Law No. 428 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1955
  • June 24, 1954


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Art
  • Elevators
  • Motor vehicles
  • Archaeology
  • Membership
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Associations, institutions, etc
  • Protection
  • Salaries
  • Watchmen
  • Description and travel
  • Architecture
  • Art museums
  • Finance
  • Officials and employees
  • Ethnology
  • Museums
  • Exchanges, Literary and scientific
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Uniforms
  • Museum finance
  • Observatories
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Preservation of materials
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Exhibitions
  • National Collections
  • Associations, institutions, etc--Membership
  • Buildings--Protection
  • Art objects--Conservation and restoration
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Elevator operators
  • Museum publications
  • Officials and employees--Salaries
  • Travel


  • North America
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)

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Number of pages: 2; Page numbers: 272, 288

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