FG 189 (Panama Canal Company) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


These Presidential historical materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note), and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

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  • Linear measurement of materials:   4 in.
  • Number of pages:   800
Organizational Note

The Panama Canal Company was incorporated in June 1948 (62 Stat. 1076). The corporate charter of the Company can be found in the Canal Code Zone (76A Stat. 8). Its primary function is to maintain the Panama Canal and conduct relevant business operations such as docks, piers, harbor terminal facilities, repair shops, power, water systems, retail stores and employee service facilities. A board of directors manages the Panama Canal Company. The Secretary of the Army serves as the direct representative of the President of the United States and acts as "stockholder" of the company.

Scope and Content Note

Primary correspondents include Darrell M. Trent, John R. Brown, W. M. Whitman, and Peter Flanigan.

Topics include appointment of board members, Panama Canal Treaty Negotiations and privileges of the local community, U.S. interest in and sovereignty over the Canal, and budget appropriations.

The terms Executive and General used before the file designation FG 189 generally determine the source of the material. Items designated Executive [EX] are communications between Commission members or staff and the President, White House staff members, Federal officials, members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General [GEN] are communications between White House staff members and the general public or a Congressional representative writing on behalf of a constituent.

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