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Summary

Congress defines the responsibilities of the Smithsonian Gallery of Art [later National Collection of Fine Arts] (Public Resolution 95, 75th Congress). Among these are authority to accept gifts of art works and to accept private funds for purchases and to encourage the development of American contemporary art, as well as mandating that the site between 4th and 5th Streets and Constitution and Independence Avenue be set aside for the site [where the current National Gallery of Art is located]. A building to house the art museum is authorized by Congress with $40,000 being appropriated for design of the gallery.

Subject

  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian)
  • Smithsonian Gallery of Art
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • United States Congress

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1956, p. 76
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1961, p. 99

Contact information

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

Date

May 17, 1938

Topic

  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Controversies
  • Buildings

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