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Lyman Johnson papers concerning the Panama Canal treaties

Identifier: MS0069

Scope and Contents

Primarily letters, statements, and printed documents by U.S. Senators as concerns ratification of the Panama Canal Treaties of 1977. Also includes American and Panamanian publications, which include texts of the 1903 and 1977 treaties.


  • 1973 - 1978
  • 1977 - 1978


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical Note

The Panama Canal Treaties of 1977 were signed by President Jimmy Carter and Omar Torrijos of Panama on September 7, 1977 and ratified by the United States Senate on April 18, 1978. These treaties return ownership of the Canal to Panama on January 1, 2000. A 1903 treaty had permanently vested ownership to the Unied States.


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Material relating to the treaty terminating U.S. ownership of the Panama Canal. Contains letters, speeches, and position statements of U.S. Senators, including Jesse Helms and Robert Morgan of North Carolina. Also contains copies of the 1903 and 1977 treaties, U.S. government publications, pamphlets and articles by private interest groups, and Panamanian publications.


Divided into two series: Position Statements (1977-1978), Publications (1973-1978).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Lyman Johnson, 1981; unknown origin, 1982.

Legal Status

Copyright not held by UNC Charlotte Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte 28223 United Stated