Dear Mr. Pitty,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 4 collections, 666 series, 12093 file units & 7719 items relating to Panama. For more information about these records, please email the reference unit listed in the catalog description for those records.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from the various NARA units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
We would need to know more about your specific research interests to be able to recommend the records that would best meet your research needs. For example, there are records about the diplomatic relations between Panama and the United States in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) and records of US embassies and consulates in Panama in the Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (Record Group 84). The Records of the Southern Command (Record Group 530) and the Records of the Army Forces in the Caribbean (RG 548) are among the many record groups with records relating to the US military presence in Panama. Also, please note that while some records relating to Panama are digitized, accessing the majority of records on the topic would require traveling to the relevant NARA research room and reviewing the records in person. It is not possible at this time because NARA research rooms are closed due to the pandemic.
We suggest that you contact the National Archives of Panama. Additionally, depending on your research interests, there may be other institutions with relevant records.
If your research need is for an high level overview of the country instead of an in depth look at a specific aspect of the country, you may wish to start your research by exploring the many secondary sources and general references online such as the CIA World Factbook and the Encyclopedia Britannica. You also may wish to consult with your local libraries for books about Panama.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!