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United States Congress' appropriation for the preservation of government collections increases to $15,000. An additional $10,000 is appropriated for completion of the hall required for the collections. On May 18, Congress also appropriated $5,000 to properly fit-up, in a fire proof manner, vacant appartments in the Smithsonian Institution Building for distribution and exhibition of government collections of natural history, geology, and mineralogy.


  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1872, p. 16
  • Rhees, William Jones. The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901., p. 693

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


June 10, 1872


  • Architecture
  • Geology
  • Finance
  • Mineralogy
  • Natural History
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Exhibitions
  • Expenditures, Public
  • National Collections
  • Buildings
  • Natural history
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

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