Map Subject Guide / Guía de Mapas

This page contains information about the map collection in the STRI Library, digitized maps in the Smithsonian collections available online, and other valuable map information.

Maps of Panama

Download the STRI Library Map Inventory to access over 1,000 maps about the Isthmus of Panama and the Canal. These maps are available for perusal in the STRI Library. strilibrarymapinventoryjanuary2018.pdf

STRI GIS Portal: The Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) is responsible for ensuring the proper operation of this GIS Portal. It is a tool to find, view, download and consume geographic data quickly and easily.

The entire catalog of the new 1:25,000 Tommy Guardia maps are now available for downloading as PDF's here:

"Indigenous Lands of Darién 1993: Subsistence Zones" Project // Proyecto "Tierras Indígenas del Darién 1993: Zonas de Subsistencia": Link to the published, limited-edition 1:50,000 scale maps of indigenous lands in the Darién in downloadable .pdf formats, a participatory research mapping (PRM) project conducted by the University of Kansas with the Congreso Emberá - Wounaan, Cultural Survival, and Rights and Resources in 1993. (Requires Adobe Flash. Further information about the project is detailed in this publication: Peter H. Herlihy (2003) Participatory Research Mapping of Indigenous Lands in Darién, Panama. Human Organization: Winter 2003, Vol. 62, No. 4, pp. 315-331.

Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC): a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean, including Panama and the Canal and the Caribbean Map Collection.

Report of the Isthmian Canal Commission, 1899-1901 -- Access digital copies of the 94 Plates (maps) produced to accompany the Report via the George A Smathers Libraries. 

Annual report of the Isthmian Canal Commission for the year ending... -- Access digital copies of the 1910-1914 Reports, Maps and Diagrams via the George A Smathers Libraries.

Maps Subject Guide

Links to the National Museum of Natural History Library Maps Subject Guide page. This is a select list of freely-available resources for students and teachers to learn about maps. Please feel free to contact them at with suggestions for additional resources or with questions.

Databases for Science Research: List of science research databases from the Smithsonian Libraries. Many of the databases are free access, but others do require users to be onsite at a Smithsonian library or have Smithsonian network access.

GIS & Map Resources: Website for the Smithsonian division which works with geographic information, in the form of maps and GIS data, that provides information about Smithonsian research and collections.

Maps Catalog: Database with over 30,000 digitized maps from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's collections. It is searchable by title, keyword, subject, coordinates, or through an interactive map.

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