Panama Archives and Libraries

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National Archives of Panama

The National Archives of Panama (Archivo Nacional or Registro Publico) contains court records, notary records for all provinces of Panama, a digital collection of all bills that have been passed since 1934 (bills passed between 1903-1934 are too fragile to digitize), land records, etc. Content is in Spanish.

U.S. National Archives

The U.S. National Archives contain many records from the Panama Canal Zone time period, especially between 1904 and 1914, that may contain genealogical information. An article explaining the records is available from the National Archives' magazine.

The National Library of Panama

The National Library of Panama Web site provides an extensive online catalog. You can download digitized books, many of which are out of print. You can also access a national bibliographic database and panamananian biographies. Content is in Spanish.

Directory of Public Libraries

List of public libraries in Panama.

Cultural Magazine "La Loteria"

The cultural magazine, Loteria, is a regular publication of the National Lottery and contains articles on history, notable people, literature, and art. Most of the issues in this collection, spanning from 1941 to the present, have been digitized. Two sources are available: one from the Loteria publishers and one from the National Library of Panama. Each collection contains some issues that are not duplicated in the other collection. You can click on any item in the index to download the PDF for that issue.

Panama Digital Library

The Panama Digital Library is a digital collection of works about the live and culture of the country. The complete texts are available in PDF. The collection includes directories and books on history, literature, art, and science.

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