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Central American Archives
Center for Research Libraries
6050 S. Kenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637-2804
Telephone: (800) 621-6044/(773) 955-4545
Email: mwilke@crl.edu
Website: Central American Archives
Website #2: Central American Archives

These archives encompass six million pages of original primary source documents (many of which are unique copies) spanning more than three centuries, from 1519 to 1898. They document Spanish rule in the New World from the founding of the city of Antigua, in Guatemala. The collection documents all aspects of commerce, politics, and development throughout El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Yucatan and Chiapas regions of Mexico. Central American Archives is a rich resource for Latin American, Central American, and Spanish studies.

Center for Regional Research of Mesoamerica (CIRMA)
5a. Calle Oriente No. 5
La Antigua, Sacatepéquez
Guatemala
Telephone: (502) 7931-0300
Email: cirma@cirma.org.gt
Website: Historical Archive
Website #2: Center for Mesoamerican Research
Website #3: Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA)

The Historical Archive has as its main purpose to protect part of the country's historical memory through the rescue, organization, conservation and dissemination of documentary archives. The materials come from non-governmental institutions and private collections and are presented in different formats (paper, digital, microfilm, audio and video). These archives, some unique and others little known, enrich the national historical legacy and offer different points of view of Guatemalan society over time. Its collections, some of which are recognized as the nation's cultural heritage, date from the 16th century to the present, with an emphasis on the contemporary period starting in 1944. It currently houses 135 collections made up of more than eight million documents.

National Archives of Panama
Calidonia
Panama City
Website: The National Archives of Panama

The National Archives of Panama 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.

Records of the Panama Canal
Website: Records of the Panama Canal

These records are part of the United States National Archives Federal Records from 1848 to 1984.

Libraries

Benito Juarez Municipal Library
4th Street next to the Mariana Vásquez Nursery
Mayor Diaz
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 268-0428
Website: Municipal Libraries

Boquete Library
Ave. Belisario Porras
Bajo Boquete
Telephone: (507) 720-2879
Email: admin@biblioboquete.com
Website: Boquete Library
Website #2: Biblioteca de Boquete
Website #3: Biblioteca de Boquete Library

Fernando Guardia Library
Hector Conte Bermudez
Penonome
Coclé
Telephone: (507) 997-8628
Email: bpublica11@gmail.com
Website: Biblioteca Pública Fernando Guardia

Hortencio de Icaza Library
La Chorrera
Telephone: (507) 253-2405
Email: aalmanza07@gmail.com
Website: Public Library Hortensio de Icaza
Website #2: Biblioteca Hortencio Icasa

IBCP Library (Chinese Baptist Church of Panama)
Mall Piso 1 Local 36
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 385-1646/236-0186
Email: biblioteca.ibcp@gmail.com
Email #2: jovenibcp@gmail.com
Website: Biblioteca IBCP

Ismael Villar Municipal Library
Community of San Miguel
San Martín
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 296-0810
Website: Municipal Libraries

Jose M.Pinilla Library
Calle 50 and Vía Porras
San Francisco
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 226-5138
Website: Jose M.Pinilla Library

Justo Arosemena Municipal Library
Calle 16, one block from the parking lots of Machetazo de La Centra
Santa Anan
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-5840
Website: Municipal Libraries

Manuel Jose Hurtado Municipal Library
Calle 14, inside the Manuel José Hurtado School
El Chorrillo
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-5848
Website: Municipal Libraries

Miguel Ordonez Municipal Library
Behind the Gym Gringo de la Guardia
Lefevre Park
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-5884
Website: Municipal Libraries

Mons. Marcos Gregorio McGrath Library (USMA (Santa Maria La Antigua University))
Ave. Ricardo J. Alfaro
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 230-8200/230-8361
Email: dci@usma.ac.pa
Website: Mons. Marcos Gregorio McGrath Library
Website #2: USMA (Santa Maria La Antigua University)
Website #3: USMA (Santa Maria La Antigua University)

Municipal Library 20-30
Community Board Building
Pueblo Nuevo
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-5872
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library Demetrio Korsi
Juan Ramón Poll Building
Calidonia
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-5858
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library Eusebio Morales
Inside the Juan B. Sosa School, Panama Viejo
Lefevre Park
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-5883
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library Felipe O. Perez
Calle 14, within the United States School
San Felipe
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-9600
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library Joaquina H. Torrijos
Calle 142 Eeste
Community Board Building
Río Abajo
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-5880
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library José Gabriel Duque
Next to the Central Park of Pacora
Pacora
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 296-0362
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library José Maria Sanchez
8th Street
Río Abajo
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 221-2264
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library José Pablo Paredes
In front of the Fe y Alegría School
Curundú
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-5862
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library Nicole Garay
Mastellari Building
El Chorrillo
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-5926
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library Norberto Navarro
Community Board Building
Av. José María Torrijos
Pedregal
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 266-4247
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library Republica de Chile
Inside the Republic of Chile School
Calidonia
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-5860
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library Ricardo J. Alfaro
Inside the Ricardo J. Alfaro School
Tocumen
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 295-0071
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library Rosa Maria J. Del Castillo
Main route La Mesa
San Martín
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 296-1969
Website: Municipal Libraries

Municipal Library Villa Grecia
Villa Grecia, Sector 3
The Summits
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 320-0779
Website: Municipal Libraries

Narciso Garay Municipal Library
Community Board Building
Betania
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 261-6915
Website: Municipal Libraries

The National Library of Panama
Ernesto J. Castillero R. National Library
Omar Recreational Park
Avenida Belisario Porras "Vía Porras"
Corregimiento de San Francisco, City of Panama
Telephone: (507) 221 8360
Website: Biblioteca Nacional
Website #2: National Library of Panama
Website #3: National Library of Panama

New Curundú Municipal Library
Next to the Community Board, the roundabout
Curundú
Panama City
Website: Municipal Libraries

Omar Torrijos Herrera Library
Calle N
San Miguelito
Website: Omar Torrijos Herrera Library
Website #2: Omar Torrijos Herrera Library

Pedro J. Sosa Municipal Library
Inside the Pedro J. Sosa School
Calidonia
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 506-5859
Website: Municipal Libraries

Roberto F. Chiari Library
Building 704
Av Balboa
Ascanio Arosemena Training Center
Panama Canal
Telephone: (507) 272-8921
Website: Roberto F. Chiari Library
Website #2: Roberto F. Chiari Library
Website #3: Roberto F. Chiari Library
Website #4: Roberto F. Chiari Library

Simon Bolivar Library
Av Octavio Méndez Pereira
Panama
Telephone: (507) 523 5360
Email: newsup@gmail.com
Website: Simon Bolivar Library
Website #2: System of Libraries of the University of Panama

Museums

Afro-Antillean Museum of Panama (Museo Afro-Antillano de Panama)
Calle 24 y Avenida Justo Arosemena
Calidonia
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 501-4130/501-4131
Email: info@samaap.org
Website: Afro-Antillean Museum
Website #2: Afro-Antillean Museum of Panama
Website #3: Afro-Antillian Museum
Website #4: Sociedad de Amigos del Museo Afroantillano de Panamá - Samaap

The popular Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum may showcase the history, politics and influence of French and American workers who helped construct the Panama Canal, but the Afro-Antillean Museum is the place for travelers who want to learn more about the impact the nation’s West Indian community had on developing the infrastructure that still keeps this Central America destination up and running.

Museum of Old Panama
Vía Cincuentenario
Lefevre Park
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 226-8915/226-9364/226-1757
Email: patronato@panamaviejo.org
Email #2: info@panamaviejo.org
Email #3: info@patronatopanamaviejo.org
Website: Museum of Old Panama
Website #2: Museum of Old Panama
Website #3: Sitio Arqueológico Panamá Viejo
Website #4: Conjunto Monumental Histórico Panamá Viejo

The museum shows us the history and life of Panama from before the arrival of the Spaniards to colonize the Panamanian lands, until the destruction of it by piracy. In the photo we can see a model of how Panama was the old city back then.

Panama Canal Museum
George A. Smathers Libraries
University of Florida
Gainesville
Telephone: (800) 621-6044/(773) 955-4545
Email: Special@uflib.ufl.edu
Website: Canal Zone Records

The Panama Canal Museum Collection includes more than 16,500 objects --photographs, artwork, newspapers, books and ephemera -- that document the history of the United States in Panama.

Panama Canal Museum
Plaza de la Independencia
Calle 5a Este
San Felipe
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 211-1649/211-1650
Email: info@museodelcanal.com
Website: Museum of the Interoceanic Canal of Panama
Website #2: Museo del Canal
Website #3: Canal Museum

The Panama Canal Museum is located in a beautifully restored building that was once the office space of the French Canal Company, the U.S. Isthmian Canal Commission offices and then, in 1912, the main Post Office. It is full of artifacts and information. The Interoceanic Canal Museum of Panama is a permanent, non-profit institution, at the service of society and its development, open to the public; that acquires, preserves, investigates, interprets, disseminates and exposes the testimonies of the history of Panama and its Canal, for education, knowledge and the delight of the public that visits it.

Panama History Museum
Avenida 7 Central
Municipal Palace
San Felipe
Panama City
Telephone: (507) 501-4128/228--6231
Email: museodehistoria@inac.gob.pa
Website: Museum of History
Website #2: History Museum of Panama
Website #3: History Museum of Panama

The collections that make up the Museum of History of Panama, are grouped following the accrual of the History of the country, generally established by the common of the national historians and officialized in the textbooks approved by the Ministry of Education as follows: 1st Colonial Period, from 1501 to 1821. 2nd Departmental Period, from 1821 to 1903. 3rd Republican Period, from 1903 to the present. Having chosen the facts and monuments that have had the greatest impact on the life of the country in order that the visitor can get an idea of ​​the importance and the events summits of each historical period and the participation of the different human groups that make up the Panamanian nationality in them; including national and foreign ethnic minorities.

Royal Customs House of Portobelo
Calle Genea
Portobelo, Colón
Website: Real Aduana de Portobelo
Website #2: Portobelo Royal Customs House Museum

Under renovation at the time of research, the handsome, two-story Royal Customs House of Portobelo was originally built in 1638 to serve as the contaduría (counting house) for the king’s gold. Now the two main rooms house permanent exhibitions, including replicas of Spanish-colonial rifles, sketches of Portobelo’s forts, 20th-century black-and-white photos of the town and a few dozen rusty cannonballs.

For a list of museums in Panama, go to List of museums in Panama in Wikipedia.