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Father Elmer Niemeyer Arroyo Seco Film Collection

 Collection — Small Collections Box: 11, Folder: PICT 2023-002
Identifier: PICT-2023-002

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of seven reels of 16mm film. The total running time of the films is 1:59:19. The original 16mm films have been reformatted to one DVD for researcher use. The films document the work of the “Veterans School for Carpenters” as well as depicting various church and community events and people from La Santísima Trinidad parish and neighboring communities.


  • Majority of material found within 1946 - 1952

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publications or distribution.

Biographical / Historical

Father Elmer James Niemeyer established La Parroquia de La Santísima Trinidad in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico as a full parish in 1946. From then until 1952, Father Neimeyer served as parish priest for the five Sangre de Cristo mountain communities of Arroyo Seco, Arroyo Hondo, Valdez, San Cristobal and Las Colonias that constitute the parish. During this period, Father Niemeyer helped initiate the “Veterans School for Carpenters”, in which local veterans made furniture in the Spanish Colonial style. Using his own camera and film, Father Niemeyer documented the work of these craftsmen along with various church and community events. Later while a priest at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, Father Niemeyer gave the films to educator, writer, church deacon and Arroyo Seco native, Larry Torres, in 1983. Larry Torres donated Father Niemeyer’s films to the Center for Southwest Research in 2023. Father Elmer Niemeyer died in Roswell in 1997.


7 Reels : 7 reels of 16 mm film reformatted to 1 DVD (1 folder)

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Physical Location

Shelved with Pictorial Collections in Small Collections Box 11. Master copy DVD in Pictorial accession file.


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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