Henry Proposes Giving USNM to Congress




Date: February 1861


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In his annual report to the Board of Regents, Secretary Joseph Henry again proposes that the U.S. Congress accept the Smithsonian Building and its collection of specimens as a gift, thus freeing the Institution of the cost of supporting the National Museum.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Congress
  • Board of Regents


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1860. Washington, D.C.: George W. Bowman, 1861, p. 49.

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February 1861


  • Finance
  • Secretaries
  • United States Congress, Relations with SI
  • Interagency Transfers
  • Expenditures, Public

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