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United States Congress places the National Zoological Park under the direction of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. The Regents are authorized to make such rules and regulations for the management of the park and of the property, appurtenances, and collections of the park, as they may deem necessary and wise to secure the use of the same for the advancement of science and the instruction and recreation of the people.


  • Board of Regents.)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Mergen, Alexa. From Bison to Biopark: 100 Years of the National Zoo. Washington, D.C.: Friends of the National Zoo, 1989.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, pp. 450, 841.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 106.
  • 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, pp. 1149-1219, 1333-1416.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1888, pp. 42-44.

Contact information

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


April 30, 1890


  • Law
  • Zoos
  • New Bureaus
  • Legislation

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