Charles Eggert photograph collection, 1952-1956  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Photographer
Eggert, Charles, 1918-2005
Title
Charles Eggert photograph collection
Dates
1952-1956 (inclusive)
Quantity
9 boxes
Collection Number
P0766
Summary
The Charles Eggert photograph collection consists of slides documenting the Eggert-Hatch filming expedition, the purpose of which was the make the last films of the Green and Colorado Rivers before construction of the Colorado River Storage Project was begun in 1956. The collection also includes photos taken during the creation of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Eggert was a photographer and independent filmmaker from New York.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

History of the Hatch-Eggert River Expedition

The Hatch-Eggert Expedition grew out of a conversation held between Don Hatch and Charles Eggert during the Echo Park Dam controversy. Eggert, a film-maker, and Hatch, son of Bus Hatch, founder of Hatch River Expeditions, agreed to put together a river trip for the purpose of filming the river canyons of the Green and Colorado--following the course of John Wesley Powell's exploration in 1869 before the great dams were built. Photography and other personnel consisted of Charles Eggert, the photographer; his assistant, a student named Anthony Tuttle; and Fred Wood, Cid Ricketts Sumner, and Dr. Bob Parsons, all of whom were chosen by Eggert based on their answers to an ad he placed in the Saturday Review of Literature. Boatmen, besides Don Hatch, included at various times Les Jones, Bruce Lium, Clark Lium, Al Galloway, and Sylvester "Smuss" Allen. They started from Green River, Wyoming, in June 1955, in two boats, a 10-man raft and a pontoon. They reached Lees Ferry, Arizona, later that summer without serious mishap. However, by then the water had reached a low stage and Don Hatch judged that it was too low for a safe passage through the Grand Canyon. They agreed to meet again the next summer, when the water would be higher, to complete the journey through the Grand Canyon. Accordingly, they met at Lees Ferry in June 1956, with mostly the same people, although there were some changes. Fred Wood and Charles Eggert were the only two of the original members who made the complete trip through the Grand Canyon, which was, again, done without problems. Charles Eggert made two films, A Canyon Voyage and Danger River which he took on the lecture circuit and showed to audiences all over the country. Eggert is a photographer and independent film maker from 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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Charles Eggert photograph collection document his expeditions down the Green and Colorado Rivers in the 1950s, as well as other conservation activities in the 1960s . Boxes 1-4 contain images taken during his 1955-56 voyage down the Green and Colorado, undertaken to document the river canyons before the construction of Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon dams. These runs resulted in the films A Canyon Voyage and Danger River, which are found in A0511. Boxes 5-6 contain images taken during the Echo Park Dam controversy, during which Eggert made the films Wilderness River Trail and This is Dinosaur. These films are considered by modern historians to be instrumental in halting the construction of the proposed dam. Background material on all of these films and other aspects of Eggert's career can be found in ACCN 1659. The photographs are 35mm color slides and 2 x2 inch color transparencies. Original descriptions on the slides are included in this inventory. If there was nothing written on the slides, and a description was added, that will also be in the inventory but enclosed in brackets [__].

Also included in this collection is a small model of Eggert's expedition boat, the "Brontosaur" and a small wooden frog, "Froggy", that was tied to the front of the boat.

In a February 2002 addendum, Eggert added photographs from the last leg of the Eggert-Hatch expedition, through the Grand Canyon in 1956; prints and negatives taken in Everglades National Park for the National Park Service in 1952; and prints, stereo slides, and 2x2 transparencies taken in the Canyonlands region during the filming of The Sculptured Earth in the mid-1960s.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Charles Eggert photograph collection, P0766, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: P0766.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Trip down Green RiverReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description
box
1
Box Folder
1 1
Start of trip to Red Canyon
  • 1: Fred Wood
  • 2: Below Green River, Wyoming
  • 3: Charles Eggert
  • 4: Cid Ricketts Sumner
  • 5: Uintah uplift, north side
  • 6: High riverbank below Green River
  • 7: Below Green River, Wyoming in bluff country
  • 8: Erosion above riverbank
  • 9: Approaching storm, Brown's Park
  • 10-11: Below Green River, Wyoming
  • 12: Approaching storm over Uintah Mountains
  • 13: Approaching storm, Brown's Park
  • 14: Below Green River, Wyoming
  • 15-16: Cid Ricketts Sumner, author
  • 17: Tony Tuttle
  • 18-19: Approaching Flaming Gorge
  • 20: Flaming Gorge
  • 21: [boats]
  • 22-23: Horseshoe Canyon
  • 24: Kingfisher Canyon
  • 25: Red Canyon
  • 26-27: In Red Canyon
  • 28-30: Charles Eggert photographing
  • 31: Ashley Falls, Brontosaurus
  • 32: In Red Canyon
  • 33: Red Canyon
  • 34: Around the dinner table, lunch
  • 35: Carter Creek(?)
  • 36-37: Carter Creek Camp, Red Canyon
1 2
From Lodore Canyon to Labyrinth Canyon
  • 38-44: Gates of Lodore.
  • 45: Lodore Canyon, Dinosaur National Monument
  • 46-47: Lodore Canyon
  • 48: Looking out gates of Lodore
  • 49: In the river in Lodore (?)
  • 50: Boatmen look over Hell's Half Mile, Lodore
  • 51: Party at Hell's Half Mile
  • 52: Hell's Half Mile, Lodore Canyon
  • 53: Looking over Hell's Half Mile
  • 54: Don Hatch, Hell's Half Mile
  • 55: Don Hatch and "No Name" at Hell's Half Mile
  • 56-57: Lodore Canyon.
  • 58: Cataract Canyon
  • 59: Echo Park and Steamboat Rock, Dinosaur National Monument
  • 60: Eggert at Mantle's new view point, Yampa River, June 17, 1955
  • 61: Echo Park
  • 62: Fred Wood above Yampa Canyon
  • 63: Echo Park
  • 64: Yampa Canyon
  • 65: View from field above Echo Park
  • 66: Charles Eggert at Mantle's new view point above Yampa, June 17, 1955
  • 67-69: Desolation Canyon
  • 70: Bridge, Highway 50, Green River, Utah
  • 71: Ancient Indian storage houses, Labyrinth Canyon
  • 72: Al Galloway carves expedition insignia on Labyrinth Canyon wall
  • 73-74: At "insignia" location
  • 75-76: Labyrinth, Stillwater
  • 77: Rock Butte, Labyrinth Canyon
1 3
From Labyrinth Canyon to Hidden Passage
  • 78-80: Labyrinth and Stillwater [canyons]
  • 81: Butte of the Cross, Labyrinth
  • 82: Labyrinth and Stillwater [canyons]
  • 83-84: Entering Cataract Canyon
  • 85-87: Cataract Canyon
  • 88-89: Walls of Cataract Canyon
  • 90: Charles Eggert at river register, below Cataract Canyon
  • 91: Charles Eggert and Bruce Lium carving insignia
  • 92: Don Hatch in Cataract Canyon
  • 93-94: Charles Eggert carving insignia in Cataract Canyon
  • 95: Charles Eggert and Don Hatch standing below carved insignia, Cataract Canyon
  • 96: End of Cataract Canyon
  • 97-98: End of Cataract Canyon with Navajo sandstone cliffs of Glen Canyon in distance, approaching Hite, Utah
  • 99: Glen Canyon, 1955
  • 100: Side canyon, Glen Canyon
  • 101: Looking out from Amphitheater, Glen Canyon
  • 102: Charles Eggert, Tony Tuttle, and Al Galloway swimming, Navajo Creek, Glen Canyon
  • 103-106: Swimming Hole, Navajo Creek
  • 107: Glen Canyon
  • 108: Bridge Canyon in Glen Canyon
  • 109: Narrow Bridge Canyon below Rainbow Bridge
  • 110: Bridge Canyon en route to Rainbow Bridge
  • 111-113: [Rainbow Bridge]
  • 114: Bridge Canyon en route to Rainbow Bridge
  • 115: Tony Tuttle in Glen Canyon
  • 116: Amphitheater Hidden Passage, Glen Canyon
  • 117: Creek bed in Hidden Passage, Glen Canyon
  • 118: Walking up creek bed in Hidden Passage
  • 119: Fred Wood, Hidden Passage
  • 120-121: Hidden Passage
  • 122: Entrance to Hidden Passage
  • 123: Huge Amphitheater in Hidden Passage
  • 124: Carrying camera, Hidden Passage
  • 125: Walls of Hidden Passage
  • 126: Fred Wood in Hidden Passage
  • 127: Hidden Passage
  • 128-129: Fred Wood, Indian petroglyphs, Hidden Passage

Canyon Voyage, start of trip to Cataract CanyonReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Container(s) Description
box
2
Box Folder
2 1
General images
  • 130: Start of trip
  • 131: Buttes below Green River, Wyoming
  • 132: Sunset, Camp #1
  • 133: Don Hatch, Bruce Lium, Leslie Jones
  • 134: Tony Tuttle and Don Hatch in rain above Flaming Gorge
  • 135: Buttes below Green River, Wyoming
  • 136: Approaching Flaming Gorge
  • 137-138: Flaming Gorge
  • 139-140: Horseshoe Canyon
  • 141: Red Canyon
  • 142: Up river from Ashley Falls
  • 143: Fred Wood and Dr. Robert Parson at Ashley Falls
  • 144: Don Hatch, Tony Tuttle, Fred Wood at Ashley Falls
  • 145-146: Kingfisher Canyon
  • 147: Brown's Park, lunch site
  • 148: Lodore Cabin
  • 149: Fred Wood and Don Hatch, Lodore Cabin
  • 150-151: Lodore Cabin
  • 152: Hell's Half Mile
  • 153: Lodore Canyon
  • 154: Cid Sumner and Tony Tuttle, Green River, Utah
  • 155: Hell's Half Mile, lining small boat, Cid Sumner
  • 156: Don at Hell's Half Mile
  • 157: Expedition flag in Lodore
  • 158: Echo Rock, Cid, Steamboat Rock
  • 159-160: Yampa Canyon
  • 161: Mitten Park Fault
  • 162-166: Desolation Canyon
  • 167: Grey Canyon
  • 168: McPherson campsite, Grey Canyon
  • 169: Butte from North
  • 170: Book Cliffs, Green River, Utah
  • 171: Above camp #15, Labyrinth Canyon
  • 172: Camp #15, Labyrinth Canyon
  • 173: Labyrinth Canyon
  • 174: Bruce Lium in Labyrinth [Canyon]
  • 175: Tortoise Head, Labyrinth [Canyon]
  • 176: Tony Tuttle, Indian Ruin, Labyrinth [Canyon]
  • 177-182: Labyrinth Canyon
  • 183: Butte of the Cross
  • 184: Stillwater Canyon
  • 185: [Above Stillwater Canyon?]
  • 186: [Stillwater Canyon?]
  • 187: [aerial view, Stillwater Canyon?]
  • 188: Fred Wood, Tony Tuttle, Bruce Lium, stopping to inspect 1st rapids, Cataract
  • 189: Sacred Datura
  • 190: Here we go, Cataract
  • 191: Al Galloway runs her thru Cataract
  • 192: We made it!, Bruce Lium, Al Galloway, Tony Tuttle, Cataract
  • 193: Cataract Canyon
  • 194: Bronto in rapids, Cataract
  • 195: Cataract Canyon
  • 196: Bronto in rapids, Cataract
  • 197: Taking a good look, Al Galloway, Don Hatch, Bruce Lium, Cataract
  • 198: Going to inspect rapids, Cataract
  • 199: Fred Wood waiting for rapids inspectors
  • 200: Rapids! Cataract
  • 201-203: Cataract Canyon
  • 204: Camp number 18, Cataract Canyon, July 2
  • 205: My Bedroom, Camp number 18
  • 206: Night view, Camp number 18, Cataract
  • 207-208: Cataract Canyon
  • 209: Bruce Lium prepares Camp number 18, Cataract

Canyon Voyage, from end of Cataract Canyon to Deercreek FallsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Container(s) Description
box
3
Box Folder
3 1
General images
  • 210: Dark Canyon campsite
  • 211: Cataract Canyon(?)
  • 212: End Cataract
  • 213: Glen Canyon
  • 214-216: Rock slide, Amphitheater
  • 217: Indian ruin, mile 150, Glen Canyon
  • 218: Hole-in-the-rock trail
  • 219-221: Hidden Passage
  • 222: Hidden Passage, Maiden Hair Fern
  • 223-225: Hidden Passage
  • 226: Confluence of Green and Colorado rivers
  • 227: Cid Sumner swims
  • 228-230: Twilight Amphitheater
  • 231-232: Bridge Canyon
  • 233: Glen Canyon
  • 234: Rainbow Bridge
  • 235-237: Glen Canyon
  • 238-239: [Glen Canyon]
  • 240: Don Hatch
  • 241: Charles Eggert
  • 242-243: Al Galloway
  • 244: (?) Chasm Campsite
  • 245: Al Galloway
  • 246-247: [Cliff dwellers, Arizona]
  • 248: Ship Rock
  • 249-250: Monument Valley
  • 251: Clark, Don Hatch, and Charles Eggert at Lee's Ferry, 1956
  • 252: Looking downstream, Lee's Ferry, June 1956
  • 253: Clark Lium (?)
  • 254: Bruce Lium inflating Bronto
  • 255: Preparing boats, Lee's Ferry
  • 256: Navajo Bridge
  • 257-259: Vasey's Paradise, Grand Canyon
  • 260-262: Marble Canyon
  • 263: At House Rock, Marble Canyon
  • 264-265: Red Wall Cavern
  • 266: [Marble Canyon camp]
  • 267: [Marble Canyon]
  • 268-269: Jack Brennan at Bert Loper's Boat
  • 270: Bert Loper's Boat
  • 271: Don Hatch
  • 272: Siesta, Don Hatch and Bruce Lium(?)
  • 273: [Marble Canyon]
  • 274: [Brontosaur and crew]
  • 275-276: [Camp at Marble Canyon]
  • 277: Little Colorado River
  • 278: Fred Wood, Al Galloway, Dick, Stern, Clark, and Bruce Lium
  • 279-280: Little Colorado River
  • 281: [Near Unkar Delta]
  • 282: [Grand Canyon]
  • 283-285: [Elves Chasm]
  • 286: Elves Chasm
  • 287-289: Deer Creek Falls

Canyon Voyage, from Havasu Creek to Grand CanyonReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4

Container(s) Description
box
4
Box Folder
4 1
General images
  • 290: [Grand Canyon]
  • 291: Havasu Creek
  • 292-294: [Havasu Creek]
  • 295: Havasu Creek
  • 296: Charles Eggert and Fred Wood
  • 297: Doug Harvey, in Brennan Party
  • 298: Grand Canyon Camp
  • 299: [Fern Glen]
  • 300: [Lower Grand Canyon]
  • 301: [Lower Granite Gorge]
  • 302: Devil's Slide, lower end of Grand Canyon
  • 303-308: [Near Lava Falls]
  • 309: Separation Canyon
  • 310: Brennan, plaque at Separation Canyon
  • 311: Maverick party of 4, we met at Separation
  • 312: In Lake Mead
  • 313: [blank]
  • 314: Lake Mead
  • 315: Sunset, Lake Mead
  • 316-317: Lake Mead
  • 318: [Grand Canyon]
  • 319: Various rock strata, Grand Canyon
  • 320: Looking north-east up Colorado River, Grand Canyon
  • 321-325: [Grand Canyon]
  • 326: Start of granite outcropping on Colorado River
  • 327: Looking east, Grand Canyon

Dinosaur National Monument from start of trip to Lodore CanyonReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 5

Container(s) Description
box
5
Box Folder
5 1
General images
  • 328: [aerial, entrance to canyons]
  • 329: [aerial, Dinosaur National Monument]
  • 330: [aerial, Steamboat Rock?]
  • 331: [aerial, Echo Park area?]
  • 332: [Green River near Harper's Corner?]
  • 333: [aerial, Green River]
  • 334: Harper's Corner
  • 335: [road to Split Mountain?]
  • 336: [Split Mountain Canyon]
  • 337: Ford Ranch Wagon at mouth of Split Mountain
  • 338: Split Mountain, looking north-west
  • 339: [Split Mountain]
  • 340: [hills above canyon]
  • 341: [exploring]
  • 342-343: [rock formations]
  • 344: [petroglyphs]
  • 345: [photographer]
  • 346: [dinosaur quarry?]
  • 347: Bus Hatch, Jones Creek
  • 348: Rubber boats, mouth of Jones Creek looking upstream, Whirlpool Canyon and tip of Harper's Corner in the distance
  • 349: [near Jones Creek, loading boats]
  • 350: Aerial view, Echo Park area, Steamboat Rock in lower center
  • 351: Driving to Harper's Corner from US 40 on a wet day
  • 352: [driving to Harper's Corner]
  • 353: [overlooking a canyon]
  • 354: [interior canyon road]
  • 355: Mantle Ranch, deep in Dinosaur National Monument
  • 356: [Mantle Ranch]
  • 357: [Yampa Canyon]
  • 358: [preparing boats, Yampa River]
  • 359: Yampa Canyon, Yampa River
  • 360-361: [Yampa Canyon]
  • 362: [tourists in Yampa Canyon]
  • 363: Yampa Canyon
  • 364: [Yampa Canyon]
  • 365: Yampa Canyon, curve of Yampa River
  • 366: [Yampa Canyon]
  • 367: Yampa Canyon
  • 368: [Yampa Canyon]
  • 369: High walls of Yampa Canyon between Castle Park and Echo Park
  • 370: [shelter]
  • 371: [river bend]
  • 372: [river, Yampa?]
  • 373: Boating party on way down Yampa and Green Rivers, shadow of Steamboat Rock
  • 374: [Steamboat Rock]
  • 375: [tree, Steamboat Rock]
  • 376: [campsite, table]
  • 377: [rock cliff]
  • 378: [Echo Park]
  • 379: Storm breaks in Echo Park
  • 380: [Echo Park]
  • 381-382: [Yampa?]
  • 383: A part of Yampa
  • 384: [Echo?]
  • 385: In Whirlpool Canyon on Green, site of Echo Park dam
  • 386: [Whirlpool Canyon]
  • 387: Boating party leaves river to explore Whirlpool Canyon
  • 388-389: [tree bridging rocks]
  • 390: [tourists view canyons]
  • 391-392: [Echo?]
  • 393-394: [Whirlpool?]
  • 395: Looking west down Green in Whirlpool Canyon at mouth of Jones Hole Creek
  • 396: [overlooking Lodore?]
  • 397: Looking downstream on Green at the approach to the gates of the Lodore
  • 398: Gates of Lodore, north end of Dinosaur National Monument
  • 399: Entering Lodore Canyon through gates of Lodore
  • 400: [Lodore]
  • 401: Looking downstream below the gates of the Lodore in Lodore Canyon
  • 402: Lodore Canyon

Dinosaur National Monument from Lodore Canyon to endReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 6

Container(s) Description
box
6
Box Folder
6 1
General images
  • 403: [walls of Lodore Canyon]
  • 404: The ancient Green River carved deep rock whirlpools in the side of Lodore Canyon
  • 405: [tourists in Lodore Canyon]
  • 406: A portion of the canyon wall near the head of Lodore Canyon
  • 407: [Bert Loper's Boat]
  • 408: Natural Amphitheater carved in side of Lodore Canyon
  • 409: [dinosaur quarry?]
  • 410: [Lodore?]
  • 411: [dinosaur quarry?]
  • 412: [man]
  • 413: [tourists, lunch, Split Mountain?]
  • 414: Split Mountain, looking north-west
  • 415: Looking north up Jones Hole Creek, Bus Hatch returning with fish
  • 416: Damaged Petroglyphs
  • 417-418: [petroglyphs]
  • 419: [horse petroglyph]
  • 420: [petroglyphs, two slides together]
  • 421: Indian petroglyph near Split Mountain Gorge
  • 422: [car in a canyon]

BrontosaurReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 7

  • Model Boat

FroggyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 8

  • Small rubber frog mascot

Grand Canyon, 1956Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9, Folder 1

Canyonlands National Park, 1960sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9, Folder 2

Everglades National ParkReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 3

Everglades National Park, 1952Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9, Folder 4

PortraitsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9, Folder 5

Cataract CaynonReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9, Folder 6

River TripsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9, Folder 7

Clair Leonard, photos by Luke GurlhamReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9, Folder 8

Eggert-Hatch River Expedition, 1955Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9, Folder 9

Canyonlands National PArk, June 1962Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9, Folder 10

GeneralReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9, Folder 11

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Eggert, Charles, 1918-2005--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)--Photographs
  • Green River (Wyo.-Utah)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Slides--Color