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Summary

United States Congress passes an act providing that fifty copies of all documents printed by either house of Congress, or by any department or bureau, be placed at the disposal of the Joint Committee on the Library, to be exchanged through the agency of the Smithsonian Institution for similar works published in foreign countries, and especially by foreign governments. The 1885 Annual Report says, "the Institution was appointed the agent of the United States in an exchange of official public documents with foreign Governments." This act systematizes the system which had been operated since the first "Contributions to Knowledge" was distributed.

Subject

  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • United States Congress

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Oehser notes that although the act was passed by Congress systematizing this interchange in 1867, congressional financial support was not provided until 1881.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 837.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1881. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883, p. 746.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 157.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1885. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1886, p. 20.
  • 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. 667.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1875. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1876, p. 31.

Contact information

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

Date

March 2, 1867

Topic

  • Law
  • International relations
  • Interagency Relations
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Exchanges, Literary and scientific
  • Legislation
  • Museum publications

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