Gutierrez, Celedonio, "Field notes and observations on the activity of Paricutin Volcano," 1943, 1945-1946

ID: SIA RU007281

Creator: Foshag, William F (William Frederick), 1894-1956

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1943-1946

Citation: William F. Foshag Collection, 1923-1965 and undated

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Creator

  • Foshag, William F (William Frederick), 1894-1956
  • Gutiérrez, Celedonio, 1908

Abstract

The papers are a handwritten diary, correspondence, and part of a translated copy of Celedonio Gutierrez's observations on the activity of Paricutín Volcano, 1943, 1945-1946. Celedonio Gutierrez was an inhabitant of San Juan Parangaricutiro, a community adjacent Paricutín Volcano region, prior to its eruption and served as Foshag's assistant during fieldwork at the volcano. The diary gives a daily description of changes observed in Paricutín and Mesa de los Hornitos and the surrounding environment, including emanating debris (i.e. ash) and vapor, ongoing eruptions, changes to the crater, and individuals who explored the area. In a note included by Foshag, he states "although these notes are couched in simple terms, they constitute the only complete record of the volcano's activity and have the advantage of being free of any preconceived notions of what a volcano should do." Papers are handwritten and typed, and most are in Spanish. Handwritten notes are grouped by month and year, with the day's date listed in the left-hand margin next to entries. Some of the notes have been translated and include footnotes.

Date Range

1943-1946

Start Date

1943

End Date

1946

Access Information

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Topic

  • Geology
  • Volcanos
  • Volcanological research

Place

  • Mexico
  • Paricutín

Form/Genre

  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary
  • Correspondence

Accession #

SIA RU007281

Collection name

William F. Foshag Collection, 1923-1965 and undated

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Sublocation

Box 6 Folder 6