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Canal Zone Biological Area Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Extent:
14.15 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (26 document boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Serials (publications)
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Date:
1912-1965
Descriptive Entry:
Because the Smithsonian's relations to STRI have been both longstanding and various, STRI files are scattered through the records of the Secretary's office. The earliest STRI files in this unit have been interfiled with newer records or pulled forward, where they dealt with ongoing problems at the facility, so that no original order remains. The unit also includes office files of Thomas Barbour, long IRTA's strongest supporter, which were given to the Smithsonian on Barbour's death in 1946, likewise interfiled, and dating from IRTA's earliest days. Thus, the researcher will find three general types of records in this unit: (1) the official records of IRTA and CZBA before 1946, some of which were created by the Smithsonian in its role as a sponsor of the organization and some because they were interfiled at a later date; (2) office files of Thomas Barbour, which often duplicate or complement other records; and (3) official records generated by the Smithsonian in its operation of CZBA/STRI since 1946.

These records document the creation and development of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, chiefly from 1923 to 1965, and cover all phases of its operations as a private and a federal facility during that period. Correspondents include Thomas Barbour, John Enos Graf, Frank A. Taylor, Alexander Wetmore, James Zetek, and others. Records include correspondence, administrative records, and publications. Researchers should also consult record unit 134 for related material, 1918-1960.
Historical Note:
From 1918 to 1923 various groups interested in tropical American research discussed the desirability of creating a research institute in Central or South America. Finally, in 1923, the Institute for Research in Tropical America was formed by a number of private foundations and universities, under the aegis of the National Research Council. The Smithsonian Institution was one of these early sponsors, and its ties with the Institute grew stronger still when the federal government took over the IRTA in 1940, calling it the Canal Zone Biological Area and placing the Smithsonian's Secretary on its governing board. In 1946 entire control of CZBA was vested in the Smithsonian, which renamed it the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in 1966.
Topic:
Rain forest ecology  Search this
Research  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Serials (publications)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 135, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Canal Zone Biological Area Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 135
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Canal Zone Biological Area Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0135

Canal Zone Biological Area Records, 1912-1965

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
Subject:
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Administration  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Canal Zone Biological Area  Search this
Institute for Research in Tropical America  Search this
Physical description:
Oversize materials processed holdings
14.25 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Maps
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Panama
Date:
1912
1912-1965
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Research institutes  Search this
Tropical biology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00788
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Canal Zone Biological Area Records 1912-1965 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_220197

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