Album 1 Panama and Coiba Island, 1956

ID: SIA RU007006

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1956

Citation: Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

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The photograph album documents Alexander Wetmore's travels to Panama in 1956 to visit the Canal Zone Biological Area, and collect bird specimens in the Canal Zone and on Isla Coiba. Photographs are numbered, and captioned with location, description, and date. Subject matter includes structures and images of convicts and non-convicts of a penal colony on Coiba Island; examples of vegetation; examples of terrain (shorelines, beaches, wetlands, pastures, and forests); vessels used for transport; daily activities; images from offshore. Additional locations include the vicinity of El Hato and Rio San Juan.

Date Range


Start Date

Jan 06, 1956

End Date

Feb 06, 1956

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Panama
  • Coiba, Isla de
  • Canal Zone


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Photograph albums

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 photograph album

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 187 Folder 1