FG 87 (Canal Zone Government) (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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by this act have been archivally processed and are described in this finding aid. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item. Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restrictions. Classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear measurement of materials:  4 in.
  • Approximate number of pages:  540
Organizational Note

The Canal Zone Government was established as an independent agency by the act of August 24, 1912 (37 Stat. 561), as amended by the act of September 26, 1950 (64 Stat. 1041). The Canal Zone Government was responsible for the performance of the various duties connected with the civil government including health, sanitation, and protection of the Canal Zone.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondent, memoranda, transmittal memorandums, and telegrams. Primary correspondents include President Nixon, Stephen Bull, William Timmons, Brent Scowcroft, Leonor K. Sullivan, Walter P. Leber, Maurice Thatcher, Edward A. Doolan, Gen. David S. Parker, Daniel J. Flood, Strom Thurmond, Members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and Phillip Harmon. Topics include the administration of the Canal Zone Government; the Disability Relief Annuitants Act (H.R. 7517); United States jurisdiction over the Panama Canal and the Canal Zone; President Nixon's Panama Canal policy; and Congressional concern related to the U.S.'s authority over the Panama Canal and the Canal Zone.

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