Ordonez, Ezequiel, Photograph album and miscellaneous photographs of Paricutin Volcano, 1943-1945

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The photograph album documents the first three years of Paricutin Volcano and its activity, February 24, 1943 - March 20, 1945, taken by Ezequiel Ordonez. Photographs are numbered and have extensive descriptions. Some photographs are missing from their original positions. Subject matter includes distance and close-up images of the volcano and its ongoing eruptions, the crater, and cone; examples of types of cloud emissions; lava flows; examples of bombs; Zapicho flow; nearby communities and their damage; Hornitos; San Juan; structures, including the San Juan cathedral, consumed by flows; aircraft used; and surrounding vegetation and subsequent damage.

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 24, 1943

End Date

Mar 20, 1946

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  • Volcanos
  • Geology
  • Volcanological research


  • Mexico
  • Paricutín


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Photograph albums

Accession #

SIA RU007281

Collection name

William F. Foshag Collection, 1923-1965 and undated

Physical Description

1 photograph album

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 9, Folder 10