John Quincy Adams' Bill for Smithson Legacy

Close
Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact photos@si.edu.
Print

Narrow Your Results

Reset

Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.
 

Summary

Mr. John Quincy Adams of the House of Representatives select committee reports bill H. 386, with the following provisions for the James Smithson legacy: establishment of a corporation of trustees, that all the money received from the bequest be placed to the credit of a fund called the Smithsonian fund, to be preserved undiminished and to bear interest at 6% per annum, that no funds will be applied to any educational institutions or ecclesiastical establishments, interest from the fund be used to erect an observatory and employ an astronomer plus assistants, as well as to purchase astronomical and other instruments, appropriations for a library for use of the observatory, and publication of observations made at the observatory and a nautical almanac.

Subject

  • Adams, John Quincy 1767-1848
  • United States President
  • United States Congress

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • 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. 235-238.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1879, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1880, p. 177.

Contact information

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

Date

April 12, 1842

Topic

  • Smithson Bequest
  • Education
  • Debates
  • Finance
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Astronomy
  • Museum publications

Full Record

View Full Record