Panama and the Canal is a joint project from the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries and the Panama Canal Museum. Panama and the Canal builds from the Panama Canal Museum's rich collection of Panama and Canal Zone materials and the extensive holdings on Panama and the whole of Latin America from the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries' Latin American Collection, Government Documents Collection, and the Map & Imagery Library.
Upcoming plans include a Centennial Weekend Celebration and exhibits installed across the library system for the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal in 2014, and the digitization of documents related to the U.S. Panama Canal Commission and Canal Zone newspapers currently only available on microfilm.
S.S. Advance passsing Point Cristobal
The transit of the S.S. Advance from Cristobal to Miraflores Locks on August 9, 1914, was among several trial runs made before the S.S. Ancon traversed the Atlantic to the Pacific in the first official transit of the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914.