Format Film, Video
Dates 1927
Location Panama
Panama Canal
Language English
Subjects Amador Guerrero, Manuel
Canals
Canals, Interoceanic
Construction Workers
Coolidge, Calvin
Design and Construction
Locks (Hydraulic Engineering)
McKinley, William
Panama
Panama Canal (Panama)
Roosevelt, Theodore
Yellow Fever
Title
The story of the Panama Canal [1] /
Other Title
Panama Canal
panama canal
Created / Published
United States : Roosevelt Film Library, [1927?].
Subject Headings
-  Canals, Interoceanic--Panama
-  Canals--Design and construction--Panama
-  Yellow fever--Panama
-  Construction workers
-  Locks (Hydraulic engineering)
-  McKinley, William,--1843-1901
-  Roosevelt, Theodore,--1858-1919
-  Coolidge, Calvin,--1872-1933
-  Amador Guerrero, Manuel,--1833-1909
-  Panama Canal (Panama)
Notes
-  Copyright: no reg.
-  Editor, Caroline Gentry.
-  Appearing: President McKinley, President Roosevelt, President Coolidge, President Manuel Amador Guerrero, Lyman J. Gage, Philander C. Knox, Ethan Allen Hitchcock, William R. Day, Elihu Root, Charles E. Smith, James Wilson, Dr. William C. Gorgas, Colonel George W. Goethals.
-  Duration: 3:45 (part 1), 3:44 (part 2), 3:58 (part 3), 4:14 (part 4), 3:51 (part 5), 4:03 (part 6), 4:20 (part 7) at 18 fps.
-  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 early attempts by Ferdinand de Lesseps; USS Oregon which had to sail around South America from the Pacific to fight in the Spanish-American War; scenes of President William McKinley and TR in 1901; brief shot of TR, Lyman J. Gage, Philander C. Knox, Ethan Allen Hitchcock, William R. Day, Elihu Root, Charles E. Smith, and James Wilson at McKinley's funeral in Canton, Ohio, 1901; medium close shot of Dr. William C. Gorgas, who had charge of sanitation during the building of the Panama Canal; workers clearing the canal of yellow fever; TR's visit to Panama in 1906 and his meeting with President Manuel Amador Guerrero; view of Colonel George W. Goethals, chief engineer and first governor; sequences of machinery, huge cranes, gigantic steam shovels, and men working on the actual construction of the canal; various shots of Gamboa Dike, Miraflores locks, and Gaillard (Culebra) Cut; launch of two barges in lock, boats, and battleships using the canal; final sequence is of President Calvin Coolidge speaking.
-  Sources used: Roosevelt Memorial Association. Annual report. 1927:17-18; Avery, Ralph E. America's triumph at Panama. 1913; Roosevelt Memorial Association. The Panama Canal (script).
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Nation Park Service acquired from Roosevelt Memorial Association. DLC
-  Received: 2/1976 from LC film lab; ref print, dupe neg; preservation; Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (1886 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (1886 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (1886 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 reel of 1 (1886 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
Call Number
FEA 7833 (ref print)
FEA 7835 (ref print)
FPB 8238 (dupe neg)
FPB 8240 (dupe neg)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
trmp 4175s1 4175s2 4175s3 4175s4 4175s5 4175s6 4175s7 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/trmp.4175
Library of Congress Catalog Number
mp76000330
http://lccn.loc.gov/mp76000330


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