Course Guide Contents
Annual Reports, Sanitation Reports, & Surveys
Intelligence and Labor Reports
United States Statutes at Large and laws looked at in class
The Congressional Record and debates looked at in class
Contact Government Information
Print version: Government Information W 73.1
Digital version available: Congressional Serial Set
Annual: 1907-1908, 1910-1913
Print version: Government Information W 73.6/1:
Monthly: 1905-1912, 1914
Print version: Government Information W 73.6/5:
Digital version of monthly reports:
Gorgas, Colonel W.C. A Few General Directions With Regard to Destroying Mosquitoes, Particularly the Yellow Fever Mosquito. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1904. 58th Congress, 2d sess. House Doc. 756. Serial Set 4676
Darling, Samuel T. Studies in Relation to Malaria. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1910. Government Information: W 73.6/2:M 29
Panama Canal Record
Weekly v. 1-34 1907-1941
Print version: Government Information W 79.5
Digital version: University of Florida Panama Canal digital collection
Significant Panama Canal Surveys
Report on interoceanic canals and railroads between Atlantic and Pacific oceans 1867
Print version: N 14.2:In 8 McGov
Senate Exec. Doc. 62, 39th Cong., 1st sess. Serial Set 1238
Shufeldt, Captain Robert W. Reports of explorations and surveys to ascertain the practicability of a ship-canal between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by was of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. 1872.Senate. Exec. Doc. 6, 42d Cong., 2d sess. Serial Set 1480
Selfridge, Commander Thomas Oliver. Reports of explorations and surveys to ascertain the practicability of a ship-canal between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by the way of the Isthmus of Darien. 1874
Print version: N 1.8:Se 4 McGov
House misc. doc. no. 113, 42d Cong., 3d sess. Serial Set 1575
Lull. Edward. Reports of explorations and surveys for the location of interoceanic ship-canals through the Isthmus of Panama and by the Valley of the River Napipi, by U.S. Naval Expeditions, 1875.Sen. Exec. Doc. 71, 45th Cong., 3d session. 1879. Serial Set 1829
Lull, Edward. Reports of Explorations and surveys for the location of a ship-canal between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through Nicaragua, 1872-1873.
Sen. Exec. Doc. 57, 43d Cong., 1st sess. Serial Set 1582
Digital version: U.S. Congressional Serial Set CU
Remember: Annual reports and surveys are published in the Serial Set as Congressional documents from the mid 19th through early 20th centuries.
Print versions of specific volumes can be requested from PASCAL (off-site storage)
Digital version: U.S. Congressional Serial Set CU
Rogers, Charles, C. Intelligence Repoprt of The Panama Canal. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1889. 50th Congress, 1st sess. House Misc. Doc. 599. Serial set 2570.
Rodgers, Lt. R.P. [Progress of the Work in the Construction of a Ship-Canal Across the Isthmus of Panama] 1994. 48th Congress, 1st sess. Senate Ex.Doc. 123. Serial set 2167
Kimball, Lt. W.W. Kimball. Special Intelligence Report of the Progress of the Progress of the Work on the Panama Canal during the Year 1885. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1886. 49tth Congress, 1st sess. Misc. Doc. 395. Serial set 2422
Report of the Special commission Appointed to Investigate Conditions of Labor and Housing of Government Employees on the Isthmus of Panama. Washington, Government Printing Office, 19089. 60th Congress, 2d sess. Senate Doc. 539. Serial set 5407.
United States Statutes at Large All laws passed by Congress and treaties (through 1949)
Laws Looked at in Class
An Act to Provide for the Construction of a Canal Connecting the Waters of the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. (Spooner Act) 323 Stat. 481 (PL 1`83), 1902.
Congressional Record: Senate and House floor debates on legislation and proceedings.
Debates Looked at in Class
Debates on the Spooner Act:
House:Cong. Rec. v.35, pt.7, pp. 6337-7392. 57th Congress, 1st sess. (1902)
Senate: Cong. Rec. v. 35, pt.8, pp. 7393-7795. 57th Congress, 1st sess. (1902).
Print version: Search Chinook by title or keyword for hearings.
These can be requested from PASCAL (off-site storage)
Digital version: Congressional Publications CU
Hearings looked at in class:
Hearings on New Panama Canal Company, The Maritime Company, and the Nicaragua Canal Company. Hearings before the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representations, January 1899. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1899. 56th Congress, 1st sess. Senate Doc. 50. Serial set 3848. (Hearings on routes)
Hearings before the Senate Committee on Interoceanic Canals on HR 3110. 1902. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1902 Senate Doc. 253, 57th Cong, 1st sess. Serial set 4238
Investigation of Panama Canal Matters. Hearings before the Committee on Interoceanic Canals of the U.S. Senate in the matter of the Senate Resolution adopted January 9, 1906, providing for an investigation of matters relating to the Panama Canal. GPO, 1906. (Includes labor issues) 4 volumes. Sen Doc. 401, 59th Cong. 2d sess. Seriel set 5097 (v.1), 5098 (v.2), 5099 (v.3), 5100 (v.4)
Hearings Before the Committee on Interoceanic Canals, United States Senate Held at Ancon, Canal Zone, October 1911. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1912. 62d Congress, Senate Doc. 191. Serial set 6174.
The Panama Canal. Hearings Before the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, April 1912. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1912. 62d Congress, 2d sess. House Doc. 680. Serial set 6319.
Story of Panama: Hearings on the Rainey resolution before the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives. Government Printing Office, 1913
Foreign Relations of the United States
Diplomatic history of the Panama Canal 1914
Sen. Doc. 474, 63d Cong, 2d sess. 1914. Serial set 6582
Canal Treaties: Executive Documents Presented to the US Senate together with Proceedings by the Senate thereon Relative to the Panama Canal. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1914. 63d Congress, 2d sess. Senate Doc. 456. Serial set 6594.
Background Documents Relating to the Panama Canal Prepared for the Senate foreign Relations Committee. Washington, Government Prinring Office, 1977. 65th Congress, 1st Sess. Committee Print. Pascal: Y 4. F 76/2:P 19/3.
Digital version: Congressional Publications CU
Isthmian Canal Convention. 33 Stat. 2234 (1903). Government Information Reference: AE 2.111
Presidential Address and State Papers of Theodore Roosevelt. New York, F.F. Collier. E660 R77 Norlin stacks
Theodore Roosevelt: letters and speeches. The Library of America, 2004. E 757 .A4 2004. Norlin stacks
Willaim Howard Taft Papers
The Collected Works of William Howard Taft. Athens, Ohio University Press, 2002. Norlin stacks: E660 .T11 2001 & 2002
Census of the Canal Zone, February 1, 1912
Print version: Government Information W 73.2:C 33
Digital version: Can be found here
Official Handbook of the Panama Canal, 1915.
Washington, Government Printing Office, 1915.
Full-text Congressional materials, including Congressional hearings, Congressional Record (floor debates), Congressional reports and documents from 1980 to present, committee prints, CRS reports, member biographies, committee assignments, voting records, financial data, and regulatory and statutory resources.
Digital version of the bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports, Documents, and Journals (journals end in 1952) of the Senate and House of Representatives. From the mid-19th through the beginning of the 20th century government agency and department reports were published as Congressional documents and can be found in the Serial Set. About 300 selected hearings from this time period were published in the Serial Set as well.
The Statutes at Large is the official source for the laws and resolutions passed by Congress. Until 1950, all treaties and international agreements ratified by the Senate were also published in the set. The Statutes at Large are also available at the Library of Congress’ American Memory web site.
Washington, GPO, 1917.
The American Presidency Project has consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database these materials: The Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington - Taft (1789-1913), The Public Papers of the Presidents: Hoover to G.W. Bush (1929-2007)& Obama (2009), The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: Carter - G.W. Bush (1977-2009) and The Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents: Obama (2009-2012).
FRUS documents the major foreign policy decisions and diplomatic activity of the U.S. Government and contains declassified records from the White House, the Department of State, and other foreign affairs agencies It began in 1861.
Full-text reports from June 1907- March 1914.
Tropical Diseases and the Construction of the Panama Canal, 1904–1914
Full-text collection from Harvard University.
Public Health Reports Public Health Reports (PHR) have been published since 1878 and is the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service.
They are available full-text through JSTOR CU
Panama and the Canal is a joint project from the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries and the Panama Canal Museum. It includes the full text of the Panama Canal Record and primary sources such as photographs, correspondence and oral histories.
Large collections of digital materials that include government sources:
To find articles in newspapers, use the News and Newspapers link from the FIND menu on the Libraries’ homepage. FIND is in the blue bar near the top. Start with the Historic tab and try Proquest Historical Newspapers.
For material held in Special Collections:
Allen, H.A. Photograph Collection: Enclosure #1. Four panoramic photographs. February 1, 1910.
Johnson, Arthur C. Diary 14: Washington, D.C., Denver, Wyoming, Panama Canal, Cuba. 1906.
Johnson, Arthur C. Diary 16: Panama Canal, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Denver Political Conventions… 1908.
Ira Wolff Collection. 32 Miscellaneous Photographs of Panama Canal Construction and Environs. U.P. 12
Bocock, John Paul. “Views Along the Panama Canal.” Harper’s Weekly 32, no. 1620-71(June 9, 1888): 410-411.
Carden, Lieut. Godfrey L., C.S.R. “Defending the Panama Canal.” Harper’s Weekly 47, no. 2402-27 (June 6, 1903): 928.
Davis, Richard Harding. “The Isthmus of Panama.” Harper’s Weekly 40, no. 2037-88 (January 11, 1896): 34-35.
Harvey, George (ed.) “Comment.” Harper’s Weekly 47, no. 2444-53 (November 21, 1903): 1848.
Harvey, George (ed.) “Comment.” Harper’s Weekly 47, no. 2444-53 (November 28, 1903): 1888.
Harvey, George (ed.) “Comment.” Harper’s Weekly 49, no. 2532-45 (September 30, 1905): 1400.
Harvey, George (ed.) “Comment.” Harper’s Weekly 49, no. 2546-58 (Devember 2, 1905): 1729.
Harvey, George (ed.) “M. Lesseps and the Monroe Doctrine.” Harper’s Weekly 24, no. 1201-52 (February 28, 1880): 131.
Harvey, George (ed.) “The New Treaty with Panama.” Harper’s Weekly 47, no. 2444-53 (December 5, 1903): 1932.
Harvey, George (ed.) “The Panama Canal.” Harper’s Weekly 32, no. 1620-71 (December 22, 1888): 978.
Harvey, George (ed.) “The Panama Canal Treaty.” Harper’s Weekly 47, no. 2402-27 (February 7, 1903): 227.
Harvey, George (ed.) “The Panama Canal Treaty Ratified.” Harper’s Weekly 47, no. 2402-27 (March 28, 1903): 519.
Harvey, George (ed.) “The Special Session and the Canal.” Harper’s Weekly 47, no. 2402-27 (March 21, 1903): 467.
Harvey, George (ed.) “The Troubles at the Isthmus.” Harper’s Weekly 29, no. 1463-1514 (April 11, 1985): 231.
Lewis, Henry Harrison. “The Canal Will Be Built.” Harper’s Weekly 49, no. 2546-58(December 9, 1905): 1769-75.
Lewis, Henry Harrison. “The Man Behind the Panama Canal.” Harper’s Weekly 49, no. 2532-45 (July 22, 1905): 1932.
Nelson,Wolfred. “The Panama Canal.” Harper’s Weekly 29, no. 1463-1514 (July 4, 1885): 430. [see illustration, Graham Charles. “The Panama Canal- The Great Culebra Cut.”: 428-29.]
Speed, Jno. Gilmer. “The Panama Canal Crisis in France.” Harper’s Weekly 36, no. 1201-52(December 10, 1892): 1186.
Abbot, Willis J. Panama and the Canal: In Picture and Prose. London: W.F. Wright, 1913. SCUBA F 1564 A13 1913 c.2
Beebe, William. Exploring with Beebe. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1932.
Carey, H.C. A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. Philadelphia: Chestnut St., 1823 OS2 G1101 S1 L45.
Eleta, Sandra. Portobelo. Buenos Aries: La Azotea, 1991. DHT 9465.
Humboldt, Alexander de. Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, 1822. D.K. BAILEY F 1211 H923 v.1, 4.
Keller, Ulrich. The Building of the Panama Canal:London in Historic Photographs. New York: Dover Publications, 1983. DHT 5133.
Lloyd, John Augustus. “Account of the Levelings Carried Across the Isthmus of Panama…” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 120 (1830): 59-68.
QL41 L8 v. 120 1830 [PASCAL].
Mercator, Gerhard. Gerardi Mercatoris atlas sive cosmographicae meditationes de fabrica mundi et fabricati figura. PLUME OS G1007 .A7 1630.
Murillo Velarde, Pedro. Geographia Historica: Libro de la America. Madrid. D21.5 M8 t.9.
Panama Pacific Line Tours. Los Angeles, 1937. SCUBA G550 P36 1937.
Otis, F.N. Isthmus of Panama and its Commercial Connexions. New York: Harper, 1867.
F1563 O89 1867.
Russell, J. A General Map of South America. 1794. Map Case 2 G5200 G5 1794.
Trollope, Anthony. The West Indies and the Spanish Man. London: Chapman & Hall, 1859.
Verrill, A. Hayatt. Panama Past & Present. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Company, 1921.