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Jul 27 Smithsonian Acquires the National Institute Collections

 

Jul 27 Smithsonian Acquires the National Institute Collections

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Year: 
1862
Month: 
july
Day: 
27
Date: 
Sun, 1862-07-27

The charter of the National Institute (1840-1862) expires, and in accordance with its act of incorporation, the remainder of its library and museum is delivered by the Secretary of the Interior to the Smithsonian Institution. Before the organization of the Smithsonian, the National Institute held the personal effects of James Smithson with a view to its gaining control of the Smithson bequest. The transfer also includes the collections of John Varden's museum, including art works.