Appropriation to USNM Increases by $6,000

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In the Annual Report of 1867, Secretary Joseph Henry states that the $4,000 annual appropriation in support of the museum has been temporarily increased to $10,000. In 1868, the appropriation will revert to $4,000, despite a request for more funds due to inflation, the expenses associated with the fire, and the three-fold increase in the size of the National Museum since it was under the charge of the Patent Office.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • United States National Museum
  • United States Patent Office
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1867 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1868), 56.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1868 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1869), 13.
  • William Jones Rhees, The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901), 663.

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March 2, 1867


  • Finance
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  • Smithsonian Institution
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  • Expenditures, Public
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  • Smithsonian Institution--Appropriations and expenditures

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