Request to Congress for New Building

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A request is made to the United States Congress for an appropriation of $10,000 for the construction of a brick storage building east of the National Museum for receiving, unpacking, sorting, and storing the natural history collections to replace the wood structure currently in use. The same request is repeated the following year, noting the danger engendered by the large number of alcoholic specimens stored in the National Museum and Smithsonian Building. No appropriation directly for this purpose is made, however.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1883. Washington, D.C.: Governmet Printing Office, 1885, p. 7-9.
  • 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. 944-945.

Contact information

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


December 3, 1883


  • Architecture
  • Finance
  • Expenditures, Public
  • National Collections
  • Buildings
  • Building

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