Party of Scientists on Barro Colorado Island

ID: SIA2010-1167 and Hitchcock #1602

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

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1923

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 229, Box 20, Album 2

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A party of scientists is taking a lunch break by a shack on Barro Colorado Island. James Zetek is second from the left. Barro Colorado Island had been a mountaintop but became an island when Gatun Lake was created as the Panama Canal watershed. It was set aside as a nature reserve and tropical field station. Barro Colorado Island is now part of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.


  • Zetek, James b. 1886
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Panama Canal Zone
  • Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone, 1923-1924


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The negative number #1602 is Hitchcock's negative number. The original photograph is located in Hitchcock's travel album.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 229, Box 20, Album 2

Contact information

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


c. 1923

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United States Department of Agriculture


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Field Stations
  • Natural History
  • Tropical Biology
  • Islands
  • Naturalists
  • Natural history


  • Panama
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

ID Number

SIA2010-1167 and Hitchcock #1602

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 5.5w x 3h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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