James Zetek on Barro Colorado Island

ID: SIA2010-1174 or 2881

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: March 12, 1946

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 175, Folder: Album 2

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Dr. James Zetek (1886-1959), entomologist and founding director of the Canal Zone Biological Area (CZBA), standing in front of one of the CZBA buildings on Barro Colorado Island, Canal Zone, Panama. The CZBA became part of the Smithsonian in 1946 and was later renamed the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The image was taken by Alexander Wetmore, sixth Smithsonian Secretary and ornithologist, while conducting scientific research in the area.


  • Zetek, James b. 1886
  • Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Panama Canal Zone


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore visited Panama, 1946, to visit the Canal Zone Biological Area, inspect the San Jose Project of 1944, and collect bird specimens in Darien. He was assisted by Watson M. Perrygo. Photograph included in the transcript of Graham Bell Fairchild Interview by Joel B. Hagen, June 7, 1989, in Smithsonian Institution Archives. Photograph included in the transcript of Watson M. Perrygo Oral History Interviews by Pamela M. Henson, October 30, 1978, in Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 175, Folder: Album 2

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


March 12, 1946

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  • Directors
  • Natural History
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Entomologists
  • Biological Stations
  • Islands
  • Naturalists
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Natural history


  • Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
  • Barro Colorado Island
  • Panama
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

SIA2010-1174 or 2881

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 4.5w x 4.25h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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