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Film, Video William H. Taft in Panama. William Howard Taft in Panama

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  • William H. Taft in Panama.

Other Title

  • William Howard 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 dress board what may be the armored cruiser Tennessee, while crew stands at attention; view of cruiser deck; Taft and entourage disembark from unidentified vessel, with crowd gathered on dock; Taft party is greeted at train by General Goethals: party includes Mrs. Helen Herron Taft, wife of the President, and Federico Alfonso Pezet, minister to the United States from Peru. In last scene Taft and members of his party visit site of stone ruins in the jungle.


  • Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.
  • Goethals, George W. (George Washington), 1858-1928.
  • Taft, Helen Herron, 1861-1943.
  • Pezet, Federico Alfonso.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : [s.n., 1910?].


  • -  Canals, Interoceanic--Panama
  • -  Cruisers (Warships)
  • -  Ships
  • -  Architecture, Primitive
  • -  Panama Canal (Panama)


  • Actualities (Motion pictures)
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Copyright: reg. unknown.
  • -  Duration: 2:23 at 18 fps.
  • -  Appearing: William Howard Taft, George W. Goethals, Helen Herron Taft, Federico Alfonso Pezet.
  • -  Roosevelt Memorial Association lists date in title as 1907; identification of members of Taft's entourage suggests event may be Taft's visit to Panama in Nov. 1910.
  • -  Sources used: Pringle, Henry F. The life and times of William Howard Taft. 1939; P&P presidential file; P&P portrait file; Jane's fighting ships. 1915, p. 174.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  National Park Service acquired from Roosevelt Memorial Association. Purchased by RMA from Walter Futter. Mild scratches.
  • -  Received: 5/68 from USDA lab; ref prints, dupe neg, and arch pos; preservation; Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection.
  • -  Received: 1967; transferred to LC from NPS, NPS acquired from RMA, RMA purchased from Futter; mild scratches; transferred to safety from LC nitrate at USDA lab: 5/1968.


  • 1 reel of 1 (64 ft) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. ref print.
  • 1 reel of 1 (64 ft) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. ref print (copy 2)
  • 1 reel of 1 (64 ft) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. ref print (copy 3)
  • 1 reel of 1 (64 ft) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. dupe neg.
  • 1 reel of 1 (64 ft) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. arch pos.
  • 1 reel of 1 (64 ft) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. arch pos (copy 2)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FAB 1031 (ref print)
  • FAB 1650 (ref print, copy 2)
  • FAB 1652 (ref print, copy 3)
  • FRA 6210 (dupe neg)
  • FRA 5889 (arch pos)
  • FRA 6359 (arch pos, copy 2)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

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  • mp76000111

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  • image
  • video

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The following films are made available here with permission from the Theodore Roosevelt Association, P.O. Box 719, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771 (Internet address:

The Story of the Panama Canal [1]
T. R.'s Return from Africa, 1910 [2]
A Visit to Theodore Roosevelt at His Home at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, L.I., 1912
Roosevelt, Friend of the Birds [1]
The Roosevelt Dam [1]
The River of Doubt [2].

Permission may be needed from the Theodore Roosevelt Association before using these films for other purposes.

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Chicago citation style:

Taft, William H, George W Goethals, Helen Herron Taft, Federico Alfonso Pezet, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. William H. Taft in Panama. [United States: s.n., ?, 1910] Video.

APA citation style:

Taft, W. H., Goethals, G. W., Taft, H. H., Pezet, F. A. & Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. (1910) William H. Taft in Panama. [United States: s.n., ?] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Taft, William H, et al. William H. Taft in Panama. [United States: s.n., ?, 1910] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.