Canal Zone Biological Area Made Part of SI
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.
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
July 16, 1946