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Emeran J. Kolkmeyer, SJ Photographs

Identifier: GTM-0039

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 35mm black and white photograph negatives taken by Fr. Emeran Kolkmeyer between 1929 and 1933 that showcase his travels throughout Europe and the US as well as shots of the Georgetown University campus.


  • 1929 - 1933


Conditions Governing Access

The Emeran J. Kolkmeyer, SJ Photographs are on deposit at Georgetown University and are the property of the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus. As stewards of the Archives, the Georgetown University Library’s Booth Family Center for Special Collections is responsible for managing access to the material based on policies set forth by the USA East Province. Researchers may view these materials in the Reading Room of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections. General policies for using Special Collections can be found here.

Access to the Archives is governed by the USA East Province and is subject to all Library and Special Collections policies and procedures in addition to the specific guidelines below. These guidelines are a summary of access policies; the Archives may include materials that fall outside the scope of these general guidelines. For information on access to specific materials, please contact the Special Collections staff.


1. All Archives materials dated or bearing solely on events occurring before January 1, 1940, shall be open for review unless otherwise restricted, subject to Library policies and procedures.

2. All unpublished Archives materials dated or bearing solely on events occurring on or after January 1, 1940, shall be open for review upon request subject to a decision by the Provincial or someone designated by the Provincial.

3. Researchers may quote from the materials.

4. Researchers may take their own photographs of the material for scholarly and research purposes. Allowing photographs is not an authorization to publish or to deposit the material in another library or archive.

5. Written permission from the USA East Province is required for the publication of substantive portions of any material or publication-quality reproductions of any material.

6. Material not yet processed is not available to researchers; permission will not be granted to access any unprocessed material.

7. Audiovisual, microfilm and other material in the Archives, the original of which is held in another archive, may be consulted and transcribed only. Written permission from the archive holding the original material is required for any duplication, reproduction, or publication of that material.

8. Use the Permission Request Form to request permission (i) to access any restricted processed material or (ii) to publish reproductions or quote substantive portions of the material. Send the completed form by email to the Booth Family Center for Special Collections (

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Fr. Emeran J. Kolkmeyer (1893-1958) was the son of Joseph J. (1864-1952) and Catherine Walter Kolkmeyer (1861-1952, m. 1893). He and his siblings Joseph W. (1896-1965), Cyril J. (1897-1975), Cletus J. (1904-1988), Katherine M. (1901-1987), and Loretta Maryann (1902-1994) grew up in Buffalo, New York. Fr. Kolkmeyer attended St. Ann’s Parochial School and Canisius High School in the city before entering the Society of Jesus in 1911. He was subsequently stationed at St. Andrew-on-Hudson (1911-1915), Woodstock (1916-1918, 1922-1926), Canisius College (1919-1922, 1927), and the College of St. Francis Xavier (New York, 1928). Thereafter he spent approximately a year at St. Boniface House in s’Heerenberg, Netherlands, a town located just a few miles north of Emmerich, Germany, returning to the US in August 1929.

Fr. Kolkmeyer was then at Georgetown University (1930-1938), during which he was chairman of the physics department and took part in two studies of solar eclipses in 1932 (Fryeburg, Maine) and 1936 (Kustanay, Siberia). From there he was at Canisius College (1939-1940), Brooklyn Preparatory School (1941-1944), and Canisius College once more (1945-1958). Throughout his time in the Society he was an instructor in the sciences. He died in 1958.


0.1 Cubic Feet (5 folders)

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Metadata Rights Declarations


The negatives have been maintained in the original order based on Fr. Kolkmeyer's numbering system (#2-39). A notecard within the collection (folder 1) indicates that there were previously at least 40 rolls, but #1, 17, 24-25, 31, 33, 35-38, and 40 are missing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

A notecard within the collection (folder 1) indicates that Fr. Ruddick of Canisius College, where Fr. Kolkmeyer was stationed between 1945 until his death, attempted to inventory the negatives. It is unknown how and when they arrived at Georgetown University.

Related Materials

Materials pertaining to Emeran Kolkmeyer, SJ are also housed in the Georgetown University Archives, which includes glass plate slides of his trip to Siberia in 1936.

Processing Information

The 35mm photograph negatives in this collection were prevously rolled; in processing they were flattened, cut to size, and placed in archival-quality polypropylene sleeves.

Emeran J. Kolkmeyer, SJ Photographs
Aleksandra Kinlen
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057