Canal Zone Biological Area Made Part of SI

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The Canal Zone Biological Area in Panama is put under Smithsonian Institution administration by President Harry S. Truman. The tropical research station, located on Barro Colorado Island and reserved for scientific purposes in 1923, had been set aside by United States Congress in 1940 as a preserve administered by a board on which the Smithsonian had participated. James Zetek, an entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who had directed the facility since 1924, is appointed director. The station is later renamed Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.


  • Truman, Harry S. 1884-1972
  • Zetek, James b. 1886
  • United States Dept. of Agriculture Bureau of Entomology
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • United States President


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 124.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1946. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1947, p. 13.

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


July 16, 1946


  • Rain forest ecology
  • Interagency Transfers
  • New Bureaus
  • Executive orders
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History


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

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