Film, Video The story of the Panama Canal. [No. 1] Panama Canal / The story of the Panama Canal 
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- The story of the Panama Canal. [No. 1]
- Panama Canal
- The story of the Panama Canal 
- 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. [Part 1]: 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; [Part 2, 14:09 min.]: sequences of machinery, huge cranes, gigantic steam shovels, and men working on the actual construction of the canal; various shots of Gamboa Dike, Miraflores [and Gatun] 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.
- Gentry, Caroline, 1870-1939, film editor.
- Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Library, production company, film distributor.
- Roosevelt Memorial Association, former owner.
- Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
- United States : Roosevelt Film Library, [1927?]
- - Panama Canal (Panama)
- - Roosevelt, Theodore,--1858-1919
- - Canals--Design and construction--Panama
- - Yellow fever--Panama--Canal Zone--Prevention
- - Malaria--Panama--Canal Zone--Prevention
- - Construction workers--Panama--Canal Zone
- - Gatun Locks (Panama)
- - Miraflores Locks (Panama)
- - Gaillard Cut (Panama)
- - Presidents--United States
- - McKinley, William,--1843-1901
- - Goethals, George W.--(George Washington),--1858-1928
- - Gorgas, William Crawford,--1854-1920
- - Amador Guerrero, Manuel,--1833-1909
- - Coolidge, Calvin,--1872-1933
- - Gage, Lyman J.--(Lyman Judson),--1836-1927
- - Knox, Philander C.--(Philander Chase),--1853-1921
- - Hitchcock, Ethan Allen,--1798-1870
- - Day, William R.--(William Rufus),--1849-1923
- - Root, Elihu,--1845-1937
- - Smith, Charles Emory,--1842-1908
- - Wilson, James,--1835-1920
- Documentary films
- Silent films
- Short films
- Nonfiction films
- - 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.
- - Credit for Caroline Gentry does not appear on film; credit taken from The story of the Panama Canal. [No. 2].
- - Duration: approximately 28 minutes at 18 fps.
- - On film: "Titled largely from his [Roosevelt's] Messages to Congress, Executive orders and other writings".
- - Summary from The Theodore Roosevelt Association...catalog, p. 100.
- - Roosevelt Memorial Association inventory numbers RMA 308-06, RMA 308-07.
- - LC also holds a slightly different version of this film entitled, The story of the Panama Canal. [No. 2].
- - Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
- - Sources used: Roosevelt Memorial Association. Annual report. 1927, p. 17-18; Avery, Ralph E. America's triumph at Panama. 1913; Roosevelt Memorial Association. The Panama Canal (script).
- - Collection transferred to LC from National Park Service in 1967. Previous owner: Roosevelt Memorial Association.
- - The Theodore Roosevelt Association film collection : a catalog / prepared by Wendy White-Henson and Veronica M. Gillespie. Library of Congress, 1986.
- viewing print 2 film reels of 2 (1,886 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- dupe neg pic 2 film reels of 2 (1,886 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
- FEA 7833, FEA 7835 (viewing print)
- FPB 8238, FPB 8240 (dupe neg pic)
- Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Library of Congress Control Number
Additional Metadata Formats
- Gentry, Caroline
- Roosevelt Memorial Association
- Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Library
- Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
- Amador Guerrero, Manuel
- Canal Zone
- Construction Workers
- Coolidge, Calvin
- Day, William R.
- Design and Construction
- Documentary Films
- Gage, Lyman J.
- Gaillard Cut (Panama)
- Gatun Locks (Panama)
- George Washington)
- Goethals, George W.
- Gorgas, William Crawford
- Hitchcock, Ethan Allen
- Knox, Philander C.
- Lyman Judson)
- McKinley, William
- Miraflores Locks (Panama)
- Nonfiction Films
- Panama Canal (Panama)
- Philander Chase)
- Roosevelt, Theodore
- Root, Elihu
- Short Films
- Silent Films
- Smith, Charles Emory
- United States
- William Rufus)
- Wilson, James
- Yellow Fever
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T. R.'s Return from Africa, 1910 
A Visit to Theodore Roosevelt at His Home at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, L.I., 1912
Roosevelt, Friend of the Birds 
The Roosevelt Dam 
The River of Doubt .
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Chicago citation style:
Gentry, Caroline, Film Editor, Former Owner Roosevelt Memorial Association, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. The story of the Panama Canal. No. 1. produceds by Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Libraryuction Company, Film Distributor [United States: Roosevelt Film Library, ?, 1927] Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000330/.
APA citation style:
Gentry, C., Roosevelt Memorial Association, F. O. & Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. (1927) The story of the Panama Canal. No. 1. Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Libraryuction Company, F. D., prod [United States: Roosevelt Film Library, ?] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000330/.
MLA citation style:
Gentry, Caroline, Film Editor, Former Owner Roosevelt Memorial Association, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. The story of the Panama Canal. No. 1. prod by Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Libraryuction Company, Film Distributor [United States: Roosevelt Film Library, ?, 1927] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mp76000330/>.