Collection Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film

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  • William H. Taft in Panama.

    On one of many visits to Panama, William Howard Taft inspects canal construction and visits ruins in what may be the Panamanian jungle. Views of crowd of men and women on dock, posing for camera; a tugboat pulls into unidentified harbor, with Taft and General George W. Goethals, chief engineer of the Panama Canal project, seated on upper deck; Taft and entourage in formal ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1910
  • Dr. William Gorgas /

    Film has ca. 2 ft. of views of Dr. William Crawford Gorgas, chief sanitation officer of the Panama Canal (1904-1913) and member of the Isthmian Canal Commission, standing in front of a building; location of this sequence is undetermined. Remainder of film shows Dr. Gorgas and an unidentified man riding on a Panama Canal Company train. The two men are silhouetted against passing scenery ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 190?
  • Panama Canal--scenes of the finished Canal /

    Scenes of the Panama Canal, generally in the natural order of passage, from a ship moving from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The ship passes by the Panamanian city of Colón on the Atlantic end, through the channel to Gatun Locks and into Gatun Lake, views of the Gatun spillway and the Chagres River. From here she passes from Gaillard Cut (Culebra Cut), into ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919
  • The story of the Panama Canal [1] /

    Compilation film revealing the story of the Panama Canal construction, which TR considered one of his most valuable contributions to foreign affairs. Most prominent views are of the need for building the canal, the early attempts, the actual construction, and finally the canal in operation. Sequences of stills, mostly maps, showing the need for a shorter way from ocean to ocean; views of the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1927