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Elmo Williams Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-1019

Scope and Content

This collection includes photographs, negatives, slides, posters, storyboards, and other visual material. In addition to family and travel photographs, it includes extensive research, documentation, and site photography related to his professional work in the film industry in Hollywood, southern California, and sites world-wide.

The material, with both personal and professional subjects, is grouped roughly by format and size, beginning with correlated prints and negatives of personal and professional subjects, then video recordings (primarily interviews and "making of" documentaries), moving to large groups of still negatives, albums, storyboards, and large format works on paper, including artwork.


  • 1915-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1980

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


Elmo Williams (James Elmo Williams) was born in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma in 1913, and moved to northern New Mexico in 1916 where his family homesteaded. He returned to Oklahoma to finish high school, but soon left again. Williams moved to Los Angeles, intending to enroll at the University of California, Los Angeles. Instead, he found work assisting the film editor Merrill White. In 1940, Williams met and married Lorraine Cunningham. He served in the Army Signal Corps and US Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he resumed film industry work, editing, directing, and producing. During Williams' career, he worked at 20th Century-Fox and RKO Studios, and earned numerous awards, including an Academy Award for film editing on High Noon in 1952. Williams died in Brookings, Oregon in 2015.


uncounted items (12 boxes, 1 folder) : uncounted photographic prints, negatives, posters, albums

Language of Materials



This collection includes photographs, negatives, slides, posters, and other visual material related to Elmo Williams' professional work in the film industry, along with family and travel images.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number; oversize material filed in Big Box location and in Large Drawers.

Separated Material

Material was separated from Elmo Williams Collection, MSS 1019.
Finding Aid of the Elmo Williams Pictorial Collection, 1940-2015
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Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131