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The Board of Regents presents a resolution to Congress requesting an appropriation of $300,000, to be expended under direction of the Board of Regents, to enlarge the National Museum by erection of a fireproof building on the southwest corner of the Smithsonian Reservation. This resolution relates to a bill introduced in the House that would appropriate $200,000 for a building to accommodate the United States Geological Survey and for other purposes. At the time, the U.S. Geological Survey is occupying some 20 rooms in the new National Museum Building. However, no appropriation is made for this building.


  • Board of Regents
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • United States National Museum
  • 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. xii-xiii, 9.
  • 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. 895.

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January 17, 1883


  • Law
  • Architecture
  • Interagency Relations
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Buildings
  • Building
  • Legislation

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