Brehme, Arno, Photographs of Paricutin Volcano, April 1943

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The black and white photographs and negatives were taken by Arno Brehme, and depict Paricutin Volcano, April 1943 - March, 1944. On the reverse side, photographs include a mixture of information, sometimes including the date, description, type of exposure, and vantage point. Subject matter includes lava and smoke emanating from the volcano (close and from a distance); slopes of volcano; Quitzoche ridge; birth and growth of the Zapicho flow; lava flows (including dates of flows); candid images of local inhabitants with the volcano in the background; vistas of damaged surrounding woods; parts of a panorama of Paricutin; and new houses for Nuevo San Juan. Includes duplicates.

Date Range


Start Date

Apr 01, 1943

End Date

Mar 30, 1944

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  • Volcanos
  • Geology
  • Volcanological research


  • Mexico
  • Paricutín


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Negatives (photographic)

Accession #

SIA RU007281

Collection name

William F. Foshag Collection, 1923-1965 and undated

Physical Description

65 black-and-white photographs and 2 negatives

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 8 Folder 8