Film, Video The story of the Panama Canal [1] Panama Canal

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The story of the Panama Canal [1]
Other Title
Panama Canal
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.
Contributor Names
McKinley, William, 1843-1901.
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933.
Amador Guerrero, Manuel, 1833-1909.
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.
Smith, Charles Emory, 1842-1908.
Wilson, James, 1835-1920.
Root, Elihu, 1845-1937.
Gorgas, William Crawford, 1854-1920.
Goethals, George W. (George Washington), 1858-1928.
Roosevelt Memorial Association.
Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Library.
Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
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)
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Short films
-  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.
-  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.
-  Received: 2/1976 from LC film lab; ref print, dupe neg; preservation; Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection.
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/Physical Location
FEA 7833 (ref print)
FEA 7835 (ref print)
FPB 8238 (dupe neg)
FPB 8240 (dupe neg)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
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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].

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Chicago citation style:

Mckinley, William, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Manuel Amador Guerrero, Lyman J Gage, Philander C Knox, Ethan Allen Hitchcock, et al. The story of the Panama Canal 1. [United States: Roosevelt Film Library, ?, 1927] Video.

APA citation style:

McKinley, W., Roosevelt, T., Coolidge, C., Amador Guerrero, M., Gage, L. J., Knox, P. C. [...] Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. (1927) The story of the Panama Canal 1. [United States: Roosevelt Film Library, ?] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Mckinley, William, et al. The story of the Panama Canal 1. [United States: Roosevelt Film Library, ?, 1927] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

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