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Leonard Carpenter Panama Canal Collection

Identifier: MS Group 169

Scope and Content

Photographs, publications, artifacts, notes, correspondence. The collection primarily consists of photographs of Panama and the Panama Canal Zone during construction, beginning in 1914. The photographs show dredging and construction operations, workers, military personnel and camps, ships such as the U.S.S. Ohio, the dam at Pedro Miguel, an hydroelectric plant, locks, the Steamship Cristobal, Paraiso Yard, and a U.S. Navy dirigible. Several photos have captions identifying the persons, places and events shown. Most of the collection, particularly the photographs and items dated 1914 to 1929, originally were created or collected by Walter E. Boyd. He appears in a small number of the photographs, and two of the publications int he collection were mailed to him.

The publications include guides, magazines, and brochures that provide historical and travel information about the Canal. Included among a small number of artifacts is a metal spike from the Pacific Coast railroad, which Boyd evidently brought to the U.S. in 1919. The collection also includes an 1887 letter, in French, regarding a proposal for a scheme to transport dredged rubble from the Canal.


  • Creation: 1887-1973
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1914-1929



The collection is open for research.


0.4 Linear feet (1 Box)

Language of Materials



Photographs, publications, artifacts, and other materials related to Panama and the Panama Canal Zone during construction.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Donated by Leonard Carpenter in 1993.

Alternative Format Available

Items in this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

A Guide to the Leonard Carpenter Panama Canal Collection
Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers
August 2004
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Script of description
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America