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Panama Canal Museum Collection: Panama and the Canal
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Panama and the Canal is a joint project from the University of Florida George A.
Smathers Libraries and the Panama Canal Museum. Panama and the Canal builds from
the Panama Canal Museum's rich collection of Panama and Canal Zone materials and
the extensive holdings on Panama and the whole of Latin America from the University of
Florida George A. Smathers Libraries' Latin American &Caribbean Collection,
Government Documents Collection, and the Map &Imagery Library. The Government
Documents Department of University of Florida Libraries is the Center of Excellence for
the U.S. Panama Canal Commission and its predecessor agencies.
Additional Resources
Panama Canal Centennial Online Exhibit
The Panama Canal Museum Collection Blog
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How to use Panama Canal Personnel Records at the National Archives (finding
Centennial Celebration Website
More, from the Panama Canal Museum
Specialized collections within Panama and the Canal include:
Panama Canal Museum Collection
The Panama Canal Museum, formerly located in Seminole, FL, closed in 2012 and transferred its collection to the
Smathers Libraries, greatly enhancing UF's holdings on Panama and the Canal. The museum's mission was to
document, interpret, preserve, and articulate the leadership role played by the United States in the history of Panama,
with emphasis on the construction, operation, maintenance, and defense of the Panama Canal and the contributions
to its success by people of all nationalities. This mission will continue to guide the preservation of the Panama Canal
Museum Collection.
See the Canal Record by the Isthmian Canal Commission online.
See the Canal Record by the Panama Canal Society online.
See all yearbooks online.
See all oral histories online.
See all materials, which include objects, photographs, artwork from indigenous peoples, newspapers, and
The Leonard Carpenter Panama Canal Collection
Photographs, publications, artifacts, notes, correspondence. The collection primarily consists of photographs of
Panama and the Panama Canal Zone during construction, beginning in 1914. The photographs show dredging and
construction operations, workers, military personnel and camps, ships such as the U.S.S. Ohio, the dam at Pedro
Miguel, an hydroelectric plant, locks, the Steamship Cristobal, Paraiso Yard, and a U.S. Navy dirigible. Most of the
collection, particularly the photographs and items dated 1914 to 1929, originally were created or collected by Walter
E. Boyd. He appears in a small number of the photographs, and two of the publications in the collection were mailed
to him. The publications include guides, magazines, and brochures that provide historical and travel information about
the Canal. Included among a small number of artifacts is a metal spike from the Pacific Coast railroad, which Boyd
evidently brought to the U.S. in 1919. The collection also includes an 1887 letter, in French, regarding a proposal for
a scheme to transport dredged rubble from the Canal.
Documents of the Panama Canal Commission and Its Predecessor Agencies
As a Federal Depository Library, the Government Documents Department holds approximately 1,500 items published
by the Federal Government relating to the planning for, building of and ongoing operation of the Panama Canal.
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