FY 1883 Appropriations for the USNM

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For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1883, United State Congress makes the following appropriations to the National Museum (Stat. xxii): $6,000 for heating, lighting, and telephone service in the new Museum Building; $75,000 for preserving and exhibiting collections received from the exploring expeditions; $10,000 for the transfer of the collections presented to the United States from the Permanent International Exhibition in Philadelphia; $2,500 for the care of the Armory Building and its collections; and $60,000 for cases, furniture, and fixtures for the National Museum, and for salaries of all necessary employees. At the same time, the Smithsonian Institution receives appropriations of $35,000 for ethnological research, $5,000 for international exchanges, $300 for transportation of reports and maps to foreign countries for the War Deptartment, and $360.25 for freight on Naval Observatory publications sent to foreign countries.


  • Armory Building
  • Arts and Industries Building)
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • Permanent International Exhibition, Philadelphia
  • United States National Museum
  • United States Naval Observatory
  • United States War Dept
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1882. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1884, p. 264.
  • 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. 871, 906-907, 915-916.

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


August 7, 1882


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Personnel management
  • Ethnology
  • Exhibitions
  • Employees
  • Expenditures, Public
  • National Collections
  • Facilities

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