Barro Colorado Island Opening Day

ID: 95-20294

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: March 29, 1924

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 30

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Summary

At the inauguration of the Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory, this first group of scientists and guests visit the nature preserve and biological laboratory established on Barro Colorado Island. BCI was created when the Chagras River was dammed to create Gatun Lake as a watershed for the Panama Canal. The mountaintop island was set aside as a preserve for visiting North American naturalists. It was funded by a consortium until 1946 when the Canal Zone Biological Area, later (1966) renamed Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, was transferred to the Smithsonian.

Subject

  • Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

See Record Unit 135, Box 25, Folder 1 for a signed list of attendees at the inaguration of the new laboratory building at Barro Colorado Island.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 30

Contact information

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

Date

March 29, 1924

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Topic

  • Women
  • Openings
  • Panama Canal (Panama)
  • Scientists
  • Research institutes
  • New Bureaus
  • Tropical Biology
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
  • Event

Place

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

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

ID Number

95-20294

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 9.5w x 7.5h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Event; Medium: Photographic print

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