(R.S. § 5579; Feb. 27, 1877, ch. 69, 19 Stat. 253; Mar. 12, 1894, ch. 36, 28 Stat. 41.)
R.S. § 5579 derived from acts Aug. 10, 1846, ch. 178, § 1,9 Stat. 102
; Mar. 20, 1871, ch. 1, 17 Stat. 1
R.S. §§ 5579 to
5594 (codified as sections
of this title) constituted Title 73 of the Revised Statutes, entitled “The Smithsonian Institution.” A preamble to these sections was as follows: “James Smithson, esquire, of London, in the kingdom of Great Britain, having by his last will and testament given the whole of his property to the United States of America, to found, at Washington, under the name of the ‘Smithsonian Institution,’ an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men; and the United States having, by an act of Congress, received said property and accepted said trust; therefore, for the faithful execution of said trust, according to the will of the liberal and enlightened donor.”
R.S. § 5579, as originally enacted, constituted the President, the Vice-President, the Secretaries of State, the Treasury, War, and the Navy, the Postmaster-General, the Attorney-General, the Chief Justice, the Commissioner of the Patent Office, and the Governor of the District of Columbia, and such persons as they might elect honorary members, an establishment by the name of the “Smithsonian Institution,” for the purposes and with the powers specified in the section as set forth here.
1894—Act Mar. 12, 1894, substituted “the Chief Justice, and heads of executive departments” for “the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Navy, the Postmaster-General, the Attorney General, the Chief Justice, the Commissioner of Patents, the governor of the District of Columbia, and other such persons as they may elect honorary members”.
1877—Act Feb. 27, 1877, substituted “Patents” for “Patent Office”.
Short Title of 2003 Amendment
Pub. L. 108–72
, § 1,Aug. 15, 2003, 117 Stat. 888
, provided that: “This Act [enacting section
253l–8 of Title
, Public Contracts, enacting provisions set out as notes under section
of this title and section
, Government Organization and Employees, and amending provisions set out as a note under section
of this title] may be cited as the ‘Smithsonian Facilities Authorization Act’.”
Short Title of 1966 Amendment
Pub. L. 89–674
, § 1,Oct. 15, 1966, 80 Stat. 953
, provided: “That this Act [enacting section
of this title and repealing section
of this title] may be cited as the ‘National Museum Act of 1966’.”