Charles Eggert Wilderness River Trail film, circa 1952  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Filmmaker
Eggert, Charles
Title
Charles Eggert Wilderness River Trail film
Dates
circa 1952 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 reel (30 minutes, 900 feet) : sound, color ; 16mm
Collection Number
PH1268
Summary
Film that details a multi-family rafting and camping trip down the Yampa and Green River Trails in the Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The original reel is unavailable due to preservation concerns. A video of the film can be accessed via YouTube.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mountaineers Foundation


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Charles Eggert is a photographer and independent filmmaker originally based in Barrytown, New York. He was actively involved in several conservation movements in the 1950s and 1960s, including the Echo Park Dam controversy, the creation of Canyonlands National Park, and the controversy over the proposed dams in the Grand Canyon. Eggert headed several river expeditions down the Green and Colorado Rivers during the 1950s, prior to the damming at Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon. These trips resulted in the films, A Canyon Voyage and Danger River . Amongst other conservationist films, he made Wilderness River Trail , which was considered by modern historians to be instrumental in halting construction of the proposed Echo Park Dam.

Sierra Club is an environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892, in San Francisco, California, by the Scottish-American preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. In addition to political advocacy, the Sierra Club organizes outdoor recreation activities, and is a notable organization for mountaineering and rock climbing in the United States, having pioneered the Yosemite Decimal System of climbing. The Sierra Club does not set standards for or regulate alpinism, but it organizes wilderness courses, hikes, rock climbs, and alpine expeditions for members.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Photographed by professional photographer Charles Eggert, Wilderness River Trail was the first film produced by the Sierra Club that featured both sound and color. Sierra Club made copies of the film available for viewing across the country through various conservation groups, and the film caught the attention of thousands of conservation and wilderness enthusiasts nationwide. The film was also instrumental in bringing the Sierra Club fully into the campaign against the Echo Park dam.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The 31-minute film details a multi-family rafting and camping trip down the Yampa and Green River Trails in the Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Photography: Charles Eggert, Martin Litton, Nathan Clark; music: Clair Leonard.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
1 1 Wilderness River Trail
1 reel (30 minutes, 900 feet) : print, sound, color ; 16mm
A multi-family rafting and camping trip down the Yampa and Green River Trails in the Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah. Participants assemble a variety of boats, and travel between campsites on the water. Several hiking trips along the river route, and campsite activities that include communal eating and socializing.
1953

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Geographical Names :
  • Colorado
  • Dinosaur National Monument (Colo. and Utah)
  • Utah
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Clark, Nathan (photographer)
    • Eggert, Charles (photographer)
    • Leonard, Clair, 1901-1963 (composer)
    • Litton, Martin, 1917-2014 (photographer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Sierra Club (producer)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Moving Image Collections (University of Washington)
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)