The Gorgas Memorial Institute Site along the Bay of Panama

ID: SIA2010-0709 or Hitchcock #1085a

Creator: Hitchcock, A. S (Albert Spear) 1865-1935

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1923-1924

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 229, Box 19, Folder: Volume 2 nos. 782-1118

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On the future site on a point of land along the Bay of Panama for the Gorges Memorial Institute, there are trees and an automobile.


  • Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone, 1923-1924


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • During the Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone, Smithsonian staff were in Panama with the Institute for Research in Tropical America. A group of private foundations and universities under the auspices of the National Research Council established a research laboratory on Barro Colorado Island, Panama Canal Zone, now known as the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, in order to investigate the flora and fauna of tropical America.
  • Albert S. Hitchcock was a botanist with the United States Agriculture Department's Bureau of Plant Industry and Honorary Curator of Grasses at the United States National Herbarium at the Smithsonian.
  • The negative number #1085a is Hitchcock's negative number. The original photograph is located in Hitchcock's travel album. For other views of the site for Gorgas Memorial Institute see Negs. SIA2010-0704, SIA 2010-0705, SIA2010-0706, SIA2010-0707, and SIA201-0714.
  • The Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine, Incorporated (GMITP), which operated the Gorgas Laboratories in Panama, was founded in 1921 and was named after Dr. Gorgas. William C. Gorgas was a United States Army physician and 22nd Surgeon General of the U.S. Army (1914-1918). He is best known for his work in Florida, Havana and at the Panama Canal in abating the transmission of yellow fever and malaria by controlling the mosquitoes that carry them at a time when there was considerable skepticism and opposition to such measures.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 229, Box 19, Folder: Volume 2 nos. 782-1118

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. 1923-1924


  • Panama City (Panama)
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Landscapes
  • Natural History
  • Transportation, Automotive
  • Plants
  • Automobiles
  • Motor vehicles
  • Tropical Biology
  • Natural history
  • Botany


  • Panama, Bay of (Panama)
  • Panama


  • Photographic print
  • Landscape

ID Number

SIA2010-0709 or Hitchcock #1085a

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 6.25w x 4.25h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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