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The Board of Regents resolve to recommend to the United States Congress that all estimates for appropriations of the United States National Museum and the Bureau of Ethnology be sent directly by the Smithsonian Secretary to the Secretary of the Treasury for transmission to Congress. Moneys appropriated would then be disbursed under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution. At this point, estimates for the Museum are sent through the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of the Treasury, whereas those of the Bureau of Ethnology are sent directly to the Secretary of the Treasury. Secretary Samuel P. Langley presents the recommendation to Congress in a letter to the Hon. Samuel J. Randall, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives. No response from Congress occurs at this time.


  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Randall, Samuel J (Samuel Jackson) 1828-1890
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • United States. Secretary of the Treasury
  • United States National Museum
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 840.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1888. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1890, p. xii-xiii.
  • 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. 1249-1253.

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


January 11, 1888


  • Secretaries
  • Interagency Relations
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Budget

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