The Panama Canal Related Publications Collection provides a digitized record of the official documents published by the Panama Canal Commission, its predecessor agencies, and other Federal agency publishers about the Panama Canal from the early 20th century through the 1990’s. The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries partnered to make this digitized content available.
The United States Government controlled and operated the Panama Canal and the surrounding Canal Zone from 1904 through 1999. The Panama Canal Commission was the final Federal agency to manage, operate, and maintain the Canal. The Commission was created by the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977, and superseded the Canal Zone Government and the Panama Canal Company. The Commission operated the Canal until the expiration of the Panama Canal Treaty on December 31, 1999, when the Republic of Panama assumed full responsibility for the Canal.