Fiscal Records, Federal,
1847-1942

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 93
Creators:
Smithsonian Institution
Dates:
1847-1942
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
19.6 linear meters.
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records include ledgers, account books, bills, daybooks, journals, receipted vouchers, records of payment, requisitions, cash books, and other fiscal records documenting the Smithsonian's congressional appropriations. These records deal with the financial affairs of the following Smithsonian bureaus: United States National Museum, Astrophysical Observatory, Bureau of American Ethnology, National Zoological Park, United States National Herbarium, and the International Exchange Service. Other projects of the Institution and its bureaus, such as the International Catalogue of Scientific Literature, are also documented.

Historical Note
Historical Note
When the government's natural history and ethnology collections were transferred to the care of the Smithsonian Institution in 1858, Congress provided an annual allowance of $4,000 for their support. The Smithsonian provided for any additional costs necessary to maintain, preserve, and document the collections from its private funds. From 1870 to 1871, Congress appropriated $10,000 annually for the maintenance of the collections, which became part of the United States National Museum (USNM). Beginning in 1872, Congress began appropriating funds for the "Preservation of Collections," which, along with later appropriations for "Furniture and Fixtures," and "Heating, Lighting, Telephonic and Electrical Service," constituted the major congressional appropriations for the United States National Museum. Other major congressional appropriations were made for "International Exchanges," "American Ethnology," "National Zoological Park," and "Astrophysical Observatory," as well as for exposition functions and other temporary needs of the Institution.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 93, Smithsonian Institution, Fiscal Records, Federal

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Bureau of American Ethnology Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
International Catalogue of Scientific Literature Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
International Exchange Service Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Zoological Park. Department of Living Animals (USNM) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States National Herbarium. Department of Botany (NMNH) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States National Museum. Division of Correspondence and Documents (USNM) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States National Herbarium Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution -- Administration. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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