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Panama Canal (Panama)

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:

John P. Adams Papers

Identifier: GTM-140116
Scope and content note This collection consists of the letters and legal documents of John Popkin Adams (1812-1856), his wife, and daughters. The material relates to Adams' work as U.S. consul at La Guaira, Venezuela, his efforts to establish an inter-oceanic railroad on the ithsmus of Panama, land speculation in the U.S., and his pursuit of monetary claims against Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador related to privateering during the Spanish American wars of independence. Letters are arranged chronologically from...
Dates: 1822 - 1898

Lester Bernstein Papers

Identifier: GTM-860501
Scope and Contents The Lester Bernstein Papers consist of a diary written by Bernstein from July 21 to December 31 1899, part of the period in which he worked for the Isthmian Canal Commission (ICC). The remaining materials are lists pertaining to the hiring and placement of local men to work for the ICC. Lester Bernstein was one of the men sent to Nicaragua to survey for canals. From his diary it can be discerned that he hired, supervised, and distributed the local workmen, helped build and/or...
Dates: 1899 July-December

Edward A. Drake papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS85
Collection-level Scope and Content Note The Edward A. Drake Papers are primarily comprised of correspondence by officials of the Panama Railroad Company (mostly dating from 1905 through 1927), and by notable Panamanian politicians and government ministers (total of 62 folders). Content is personal with some references to Panamanian political events of the time, as well as to the railroad business. An additional eight folders include a few personal letters by Edward Drake; condolence letters written to Drake's wife, Jeanette...
Dates: 1852-1981; Majority of material found within 1905-1927

Miles P. DuVal, Jr. Papers

Identifier: GTM-761124
Scope and Contents Note The Miles P. DuVal, Jr. Papers comprise the personal papers of Miles P. DuVal (1896-1989), an American naval officer who was an expert on the Panama Canal. The bulk of the collection consists of files maintained by DuVal about the Panama Canal, including correspondence, subject files, and manuscripts. Many of the manuscripts were written by DuVal while some were written by other individuals. Some attention is given to DuVal's navy career. DuVal's journals are also present. The...
Dates: 1851 - 1989; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1989

Archie Wright French collection

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS106
Collection-level Scope and Content Note The Archie Wright French Collection consists of 13 scrapbooks and 1 photo album with some loose clippings and pamphlets all regarding the Panama Canal and Canal Zone, comprising 17 folders arranged in 1 box and 1 oversized container. Not much is known of Archie Wright French. He arrived from the United States into Panama to help work with the construction of the Canal as a white collar worker in 1905 and stayed on with his family after the Canal was completed as a clerical worker in Gorgas...
Dates: 1904-1945; Majority of material found within 1930-1945

Earl Harding Papers

Identifier: GTM-630703
Scope and Contents The Earl Harding papers consist of correspondence and other manuscript records, government documents, other published material, and photographs pertaining to the Revolution in Panama of 1903, American involvement in the Canal Zone, and the libel suit brought by Theodore Roosevelt against the editors of "The World," including Joseph Pulitzer. Earl Harding was stationed in Panama from 1909 to 1910, as a reporter for "The World." Note: Click on "External Documents" below for a link to the...
Dates: 1909 - 1910

Phillip Harman Papers

Identifier: GTM-080814
Scope and Contents Note The Phillip Harman Papers comprise the extensive personal papers of Phillip Harman, who worked for U.S. non-profit organizations opposed to the Panama Canal Treaties in the 1970s which transferred control of the Panama Canal and the Canal Zone from the United States to the nation of Panama, effective in the year 2000.Over the years, Harman amassed large amounts of materials documenting his efforts to oppose the Panama Canal Treaties. Information about U.S. Congressional bills,...
Dates: 1960 - 1985

Tomás Herrán Papers

Identifier: GTM-000005
Scope and Contents

The Tomas Herran papers contain correspondence, cables, letter books, and related material dealing primarily with Colombian-U.S. relations in the period leading up to and just after the negotiation of the Hay-Herran Treaty (1903). The documents also concern Herran's duties as minister to the United States. Printed material deals largely with the Panama Canal and the Hay-Herran Treaty. Note: Click on "External Documents" below for a link to the finding aid for the collection.

Dates: 1794 - 1906; Majority of material found within 1863 - 1898

Thomas E. Martin Papers

Identifier: GTM-610101
Scope and Contents Papers of Thomas Martin, concerning congressional debate on the Panama Canal. The papers include correspondence, memoranda, reports, bills, transcripts of testimony, records of committee hearings, and miscellaneous published material. Martin served dn the House of Representatives from 1947-1955 and in the Senate from 1955-1961. His committee work included serving on the House Ways and Means Committee from 1947-1955. Boxes 1-2: Correspondence (1948-1960)Boxes 3-4:...
Dates: 1944 - 1960

J. Revin's Plan for Completing the Panama Canal

 Collection — Box GTM Shared Box 24: [Barcode: 39020030754892], Folder: 2
Identifier: GTM-20141104
Scope and Contents

Printed plan for completing the Panama Canal by J. Revin, dated April 1891 with two sheets of "improvements" dated November 1891. Revin proposes using inclined planes, instead of locks, to complete the canal. Written in French and includes some technical drawings.

Dates: 1891

William Franklin Sands Papers

Identifier: GTM-20221007
Scope and Contents This collection is currently unprocessed and access to it may therefore be limited. Researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections for more information on access to this collection.The collection documents the career of William Franklin Sands, a U.S. diplomat best known for his work in Korea and Panama during the turn of the 20th century. It includes correspondence, diplomatic papers, journals, photographs, and...
Dates: 1814 - 1950; Majority of material found within 1890 - 1940

Series 2: Photographs, 1910 - 1911

Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Hartley Rowe papers document the life and works of Hartley Rowe, an American electrical engineer who worked for the Isthmian Canal Commission and the Panama Railroad Company in the early 20th century. The collection is organized into three series as detailed below.Series 1: Correspondence. More than 200 autograph letters from Hartley Rowe to his future wife Inez Oswald. The first set of letters was written by Rowe from Purdue University. Subsequently, in a large number of...
Dates: 1910 - 1911

John F. Stevens Papers

Identifier: GTM-910726
Scope and Contents

The John F. Stevens Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, news clippings, books, photographs, blueprints and maps collected by John F. Stevens. The Papers are arranged in 8 Series according to subject and material type, in 11 boxes and 1 map case drawer.

Dates: 1850 - 1980; Majority of material found within 1900 - 1940

Leonor K. Sullivan - Panama Canal Treaty Collection

Identifier: GTM-761019
Scope and Contents

The collection pertains primarily to U.S.-Panama treaty negotiations relating to the Panama Canal and a proposed interoceanic Atantic-Pacific sea-level canal. The collection consists of copies of documents held by the St. Louis University Law Library.

Dates: 1943 - 1976

William E. Swift, Sr. - Panama Canal Collection

 Collection — Box GTM Shared Box 25: [Barcode: 39020030755006], Folder: 6
Identifier: GTM-20240308
Scope and Contents The collection consists of papers and photographs that belonged to William E. Swift, Sr., who served as a civil engineer during the construction of the Panama Canal. It includes Monthly Output notes for the Culebra Section of the Canal all for October 1904; 1 photo of Swift's engineering crew (June-August 1905), 20 commercial photographs of towns, local residents, and some construction, all with following stamp on back: "W.A. Fishbaugh, Photographer. Empire, C.Z., Panama”; 1 copy of a page...
Dates: 1904 - 1905

Clark W. Thompson Papers

Identifier: GTM-660601
Dates: 1906 - 1966; Majority of material found within 1937 - 1966