Hatch River Expeditions video collection, 1923-1998  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Hatch River Expeditions
Title
Hatch River Expeditions video collection
Dates
1923-1998 (inclusive)
Quantity
49 VHS videocassettes, 2 8mm films, 2 Super 8mm films, 3 16mm films. 12 VHS are duplicates; three 16mm film reels are duplicates of VHS tape item 19.
Collection Number
A0529
Summary
The Hatch River Expeditions video collection (1923-1998) consists of movies documenting the Hatch family and Hatch River Expeditions river trips from the 1930s to the 1990s. Robert Rafael "Bus" Hatch and his family began guiding groups down the Green and Yampa Rivers in the mid 20th century, and their legacy is continued by the third generation Hatches still running their river running business.
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

Materials must be used on-site; no use of original material, access copies will be made available for viewing. Five business days advanced notice required. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law, condition of the material, or by donor.

Languages
English, Japanese


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Rafael "Bus" Hatch and his brothers Alton and Tom began boating in the Vernal, Utah, area in the late 1920s. They ran the Green River in 1931, the Green and Colorado through Cataract Canyon in 1933, and the Grand Canyon in 1934. In 1935-36, they ran the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, as well as the Main Salmon. By the end of World War II, Bus Hatch in particular had become known as a river runner. With the controversy over the planned Echo Park Dam in Dinosaur National Monument in the late 1940s and early 1950s, many people turned to Bus Hatch and his sons, Don, Ted, and Frank, to take them down the Green and Yampa Rivers. During the controversy, Hatch River Expeditions outfitted river trips for both pro-dam and anti-dam groups, trips that often included over 100 people. This was the true genesis of Hatch River Expedtions. After the controversy, and through the 1960s, the name Hatch became synonymous with river running, especially in the western United States. By the end of the 20th century, Hatch had become one of the best-known river outfitters in existence, and there are now 3rd generation members of the Hatch family who are still in the river running business.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Hatch River Expeditions video collection (1923-1998) consists of films and videos that document Hatch river trips on the Green, Colorado, San Juan, Middle Fork of the Salmon, Selway, and other rivers, including some scenes of a 1956 river trip on the Indus River in Pakistan. The collection also contains films that document Hatch family history, including scenes in and around Vernal, Utah that depict family life, work, town scenes, hunting and fishing, skiing, and other family activities.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
cassette
1 Hatch River Expeditions (1987 donation)

VHS videocassette
Six films on one VHS videocassette:1. "Through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River" Hatch-Swain-Frazier-Eddy trip through Grand Canyon, August 1934. 46:362. Middle Fork of Salmon River trip, 1935 or 1936. 46:50 to 55:103. Middle Fork of Salmon River trip, 1935 or 1936. 56:26 to 1:10:404. Green River trip, 1932. Browns Park to Echo Park. 1:10:47 to 1:19:555. "Sailing down the old Green River" 1932. Hideout Flat to Browns Park. 1:20:04 to 1:26:50[note: numbers 4 and 5 are part of the same film, but the order was reversed when they were transferred to the VHS tape]6. "The Survey of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in Arizona" Birdseye survey of the Grand Canyon by the U.S. Geological Survey, August-September 1923. This last film is not a Hatch river trip. 1:26:52 to 1:39:00
1923-1936
2 >Hatch-Swain-Frazier-Eddy trip through Grand Canyon (1987 donation)

VHS videocassette
This item is a shorter, edited version of "Through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River" from item 1. 33:19
1934
3 Hatch family home movies

VHS videocassette
Ted in boat at Green Lakes Lodge / Bus and Eva / Parade in Vernal? / Eva with other women, men, children, Royce (Cap) and Thelma Mowrey, / rodeo / man in suit / bird nest? / men by with with fish, Frank Swain, 10-man raft / flowers at funeral? / child with dog / family by river, deer in water, boat crossing river with horse swimming behind it in Island Park / wooden boats in rapids in Split Mountain / Royce (Cap) Mowrey, Eva, others [over-exposed], Bus, Hatch children (Don, Ted, Frank) swimming, women swimming (Eva?) at swimming hole / cock fight / kids skiing in Uintas? [9:30] / ski jumping at Ecker Hill / goose hunters / boy teasing rooster / people playing basketball / boy and girl on porch / building house, putting up forms / using horse-drawn scraper / waterfall in canyon / Canada goose, kids, geese along riverbank with Bus and family / Yampa River / wrecked boat / Nevills Expedition boats landing at Jensen, Utah [1940]/ towing Nevills Expedition boats with motorboat [1940] / Tetons, bear, Yellowstone National Park / rodeo in Vernal with trick riders, bronc riding, bull riding / fishing on upper Green, Bus with string of fish / powerboat / cock fight / horse, dogs / Bus and other man digging out coyote den / hunting camp with deer and men, camp scenes with Eva, tent blows down / building / lake in Uintas? / dog cart wrecks with child / fire tower / fish on string / dog with sleeping child / Don, Ted ice skating / cock fight / Gus in USMC uniform / Eva with flowers / house / boat on upper Green river / little boy using backhoe / family deer hunting / sledding / shooting .22 rifles / funeral with flowers / horse riding / cougar cubs, coyote cubs / children's parade in Vernal / lower Green River scenery / powerboat on river / wild horses / 7- and 10-man rafts in rapids/ mountain scenery / rodeo with bronc riding / rapids [older film] / horses running, walking / girls with dog / building / boy teasing dog with cat / camping, old truck / boats with Wes Eddington in his kayak [Desolation Canyon, 1940], wooden boats in rapids, Gunnison Butte, Tushar Dam, Green River [Utah] bridge / pontoon rafts in rapids / men scouting rapids in Cataract? / zoo with penguins, seals, elephants, bear, other zoo animals, redwood trees, beach, calm digging, flounders, zoo, bison, San Francisco, Bus in boat in San Francisco Bay, view of bridge from San Francisco Bay, ships, Catalina Island?, fishing, harbor, more fishing, boats, men, airplane taking off, aerial views of city and coast, men, party with mariachis, women, children, cathedral, fishing, gulls / Vernal scenes, 1950s / dog / men, girls, children.
1930s-1950s
4 Hatch family home movies

VHS videocassette
1937 Yampa River trip with Eva, Roy and Madeline DeSpain, Wes Eddington and wife, Ruple Ranch, horses swimming across river in Island Park, Split Mountain / children swimming / ice breaking in river / capsize of pontoon raft in Indus River, Pakistan, 1956. 36:45
1930s-1950s
5 "Don and Meg Hatch private trip"

VHS videocassette
River trip through Canyon of Lodore, Hatch family. Low water. At 28:30 changes to high water runs of Hells Half Mile rapid with Av Kay (family friend). Different trip. 40:45
1987
6 Don Hatch talk in Moab, Utah

VHS videocassette
Don Hatch talking about river running history at unidentified event in Moab, Utah, 1987. 1:42:45
1989
7 "Av Kay Day"

VHS videocassette
One-day trip through Split Mountain Canyon that is a birthday surprise for Av Kay, family friend of the Hatch family. 41:00
1990 June 23
8 Don and Meg Hatch Christmas

VHS videocassette
Stills of Hatch family members Don, Meg, John, Wendy, Clark, and other children and grandchildren. Made shortly before Don Hatch died. 10:00
1993
9 Charles Eggert films

VHS videocassette
Four films on one VHS videocassette:1. "This is Dinosaur" 1951. start to 26:292. "Wilderness River Trail" 1952. 26:35 to 58:403. "Boondoggle of a basin" 1952. 58:48 to 1:08:004. "Sculptured Earth" 1964. 1:08:15 to 1:56:16First three films are about the Echo Park Dam controversy in the early 1950s. The US Bureau of Reclamation planned to build a dam on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument, and the Sierra Club and other conservation organizations mobilized to fight it. Charles Eggert's films were instrumental in defeating the dam. "Boondoggle..." is about the Colorado River Storage Project in general, of which the Echo Park Dam was a part. It is Eggert's only attempt at animation. "Sculptured..." is a film that lays out the case for the creation of Canyonlands National Park in southern Utah. A screening of the film was banned from the University of Utah campus in 1964.Inserted in box is letter from Charles Eggert to Don Hatch, January 19, 1993, explaining how and why he made these video copies.
1951-1964, 1993
10 Charles Eggert films

VHS videocassette
"A Canyon Voyage: the Eggert-Hatch Expedition, 1955-56. Video transfer from 16mm format version." Also includes "Danger River." These two films were made during the 1955-56 Eggert-Hatch expedition, the last river trip to follow the course of the Green and Colorado all the way from Wyoming to Lake Mead before Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon Dams were begun in 1956. Film shows river from Green River, Wyoming, to Lake Mead, Arizona. 1:39:15.
1955-1956
11 Charles Eggert films; Paul Winter film

VHS videocassette
Two films on one VHS videocassette:1. "A Canyon Voyage/Danger River" 1960s edited version with Charles Eggert's commentary on the making of the films and how they were re-cut and edited to use during the fight over dams in the Grand Canyon in the 1960s. 48:102. "Canyon Consort" by Paul Winter. (c) 1985 48:10 to 1:45:49. This film may be protected by copyright.
1955-1956, 1985
11A Hatch high-water Lodore trip

VHS videocassette
No date, no titles. Film shows a very high-water Hatch river trip through the Canyon of Lodore in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Film starts at Disaster Falls, shows runs of Triplet Falls and Hells Half Mile, and the approach to Echo Park, where it ends. 10:09
circa 1960
12 "A River Odyssey"

VHS videocassette
Narration/Script by John H. Chapman, photography/editing by George T. Henry. Five Seasons Productions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 1960s Hatch promotional film; notable for sideburns on crew, pliers on belts, cheesy 1960s music, building fires on the open ground, Mae West-style PFDs, surplus boats. One scene shows a Park Ranger in a decked canoe running a rapid; Glade Ross? Also shows Warm Springs Rapid on the Yampa River in its present state, so film must have been made after June 1966 when the rapid was formed. 35:00
1960s
13 REI commercial

VHS videocassette
Commercial advertisement for opening of new Recreational Equipment Inc. store in unknown location, offering a Hatch River Expeditions trip as a door prize. Probably Salt Lake City store. 0:30 This film may be protected by copyright.
1980s
14-15 Japanese-language travel film about Utah

VHS videocassette
Japanese-language travel film about Utah tourism. Depicts two Japanese women traveling in Utah and going to popular tourist sites. Hatch River trip through Canyon of Lodore on Green River @ 50:30 to 58:48, with Don Hatch, Todd Gordon, Barry Hatch, and unidentified NPS employee. Segment on Utah Nippo newspaper @ 14:00 to 16:15] 1:08:00. This film may be protected by copyright.
1987
16 "Rivers of Time"

VHS videocassette
Clean, unedited copy of "Rivers of Time," a series produced by KUTV in Salt Lake City about the history of river travel on the Green River. Featuring Don Hatch, Clark Hatch, John Hatch, Roy Webb, and others. Note inserted in box from Larry Warren, producer and narrator, to Don Hatch saying "I thought you'd like a nice clean copy of the river series we did." cameraman: Scott Jones. 13:20. This film may be protected by copyright.
1991
17 "Undiscovered Dinosaur"

VHS videocassette
Series by KUTV about tourism in eastern Utah. Taped off nightly news broadcasts, contains much extraneous footage of news from 1991. Features Don Hatch, Dee Holladay, others. Canyon of Lodore segment @ 20:50 to 23:50; Yampa River @ 56:50 to 59:16; Yampa river again @ 1:13:45 to 1:16:37. 1:16:37. This film may be protected by copyright.
1991
18 "A Trip through Dinosaur National Monument"

VHS videocassette
Hatch promotional film. Seven copies. 9:36
1990s
19 "A trip through Dinosaur National Monument"

VHS videocassette
Hatch promotional film. HIgh-water trip on the Yampa River, depicts scenery, petroglyphs, boats, camping, food preparation, other aspects of commercial river trip. Hairstyles,garish flowered Hatch hats, and design of Hatch logo on boats are diagnostic to the 1980s. Very little dialogue, mostly music. Seven copies. 9:36
1980s
20-21 "Iowa Traveler" series raw footage

VHS videocassette
KGAN-TV, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Series "Iowa Traveler" depicts a river trip with George T. Henry of Cedar Rapids as the guide for Hatch River Expeditions. Raw footage taken on the trip includes scenes of loading boats, unloading boats, cooking, camping, interviews with participants, guides including George Henry and Mick Caldwell, Don Hatch, wildlife. 2:03:56 For more on George Henry from KGAN, see A0529 items 28-30. This film may be protected by copyright.
1991 July 14-18
22 "Iowa Traveler" series as broadcast

VHS videocassette
"Iowa Traveler" series as broadcast on 29 July to 4 August 1991 on KGAN-TV, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Documents Hatch River Expeditions trip with George T. Henry of Cedar Rapids as Hatch guide. Includes extraneous news footage. 53:25. For more on George Henry from KGAN, see items 28-30. This film may be protected by copyright.
1991 July 29-August 04
23 "Iowa Traveler" series Hatch promotional

VHS videocassette
Footage taken from "Iowa Traveler" series on KGAN-TV, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which depicts Hatch River Expeditions trip, 14-18 July 1991, and re-edited into a Hatch River Expeditions promotional video. 8 copies. 14:30.
1991
24 "Iowa Traveler" series Hatch promotional.

VHS videocassette
Footage taken from "Iowa Traveler" series on KGAN-TV, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which depicts Hatch River Expeditions trip, 14-18 July 1991, and re-edited into a Hatch River Expeditions promotional video. 8 copies. 14:30.
1991
25 "Southwest Excursions"

VHS videocassette
By Wayne Schlipp. Subtitled "Cataract Canyon, Yampa and Green Rivers, and the rapids." Footage includes Cataract Canyon; Canyon of Lodore (with some footage from KGAN-TV series); and Monument Valley. 13:50
1992
26 "Yampa River & Ladore [sic] rafting trips

VHS videocassette
By Wayne Schlipp. Proper spelling is "Lodore," but "Ladore" is a common error. 57:00
1993
27 Cataract Canyon

VHS videocassette
Video of high-water Hatch River Expeditions trip through Cataract Canyon, June 1994. Features guides Dan Vernon and Mick Caldwell. Music only, no audio. 24:40
1994 June
28-29 "George's Last Ride" raw footage 1

VHS videocassette
Raw footage from KGAN-TV series about the last trip taken by George T. Henry of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a Hatch River Expeditions guide. Contains some footage from 1991 series "Iowa Traveler." Includes interviews with Henry, Don Hatch, Meg Hatch, passengers, guides including Mick Caldwell, Mike Fahey, Justin Hoffman, camping scenes, cooking scenes, rapids. 1 of 2 tapes. 2:02:24. This film may be protected by copyright.. For more on George Henry from KGAN, see items 20-22.
1995
30 "George's Last Ride" as broadcast

VHS videocassette
KGAN-TV series about the last trip taken by George T. Henry of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a Hatch River Expeditions guide, as broadcast. Contains some footage from 1991 series "Iowa Traveler." Includes interviews with Henry, Don Hatch, Meg Hatch, passengers, guides including Mick Caldwell, Mike Fahey, Justin Hoffman, camping scenes, cooking scenes, rapids. 27:40. This film may be protected by copyright. For more on George Henry from KGAN, see items 20-22.
1995
31 River trip

VHS videocassette
Presented by Southwest Excursions, Wayne Schlipp. Special Thanks to: Hatch River Expeditions Cataract Canyon trip. Dan Vernon and Scotty, guides. Labyrinth Canyon scenes, hiking, camping, eating, music around the campfire, last night party. 54:00.
1995
32 Canyon of Lodore

VHS videocassette
Features scenes of fire in Lodore, helicopters dipping water from river and dropping it on hot spots. No identification of guests or who made the tape. Ends at buffalo petroglyph in Island Park with "there goes the battery." 32:00
1996 July 12-14
33 "Three Great American Adventures"

VHS videocassette
Outside TV/Summit Films production. Film of kayaking trip in Glacier Bay, Alaska; rafting with Hatch River Expedtions on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho; and climbing in the Grand Tetons. Hatch segment is 18:45 to 32:52. Guides Kevin Chanler, Roger Prais, Keirith Snyder. This film may be protected by copyright.
1998
34 Glen Canyon Dam flooding video

VHS videocassette
"Challenge at Glen Canyon: Floodwaters of the Colorado River Basin-drainage and repair of the spillways at Glen Canyon Dam." Footage of 1983 flooding at Glen Canyon Dam, inspection and repair of spillways, release of water from spillways, etc. Also footage of 1983 floods in Salt Lake City, Utah. Not Hatch River Expeditions. 27:00
1983
35 "Impressions of Utah"

VHS videocassette
Utah Tavel Council. Four travel writers tour Utah and give impressions of the state. Dennis Hanson, Bend, Oregon; Bill Hughes, Los Angeles, California; Rick Sanders, Bedfordshire, England; Dewitt Jones, Bolinas, California. Sent to Meg Hatch when she was on the Utah Travel and Tourism Council. 1987. 23:00 Not Hatch River Expeditions. This film may be protected by copyright.
1987
36 "Utah Highlights"

VHS videocassette
Utah Travel Council film about Salt Lake City. Sent to Meg Hatch when she was on the Utah Travel and Tourism Council. 16:30 Not Hatch River Expeditions. This film may be protected by copyright.
1987?
37 "The Montana Centennial Wagon Train, 1889-1989"

VHS videocassette
Sent to Meg Hatch when she was on the Utah Travel and Tourism Council. 56:00 Not Hatch River Expeditions. This film may be protected by copyright.
1989
38 "River Time: Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon"

VHS videocassette
Video about rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho. 38:33. Not a Hatch River Expeditions trip; marked "Review Copy" on tape. This film may be protected by copyright.
circa 1990s
Reel
39 "A River Odyssey"

16mm film
Narration/Script by John H. Chapman, photography/editing by George T. Henry. Five Seasons Productions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 1960s Hatch promotional film; notable for sideburns on crew, pliers on belts, cheesy 1960s music, building fires on the open ground, Mae West-style PFDs, surplus boats. One scene shows a Park Ranger in a decked canoe running a rapid; Glade Ross? Also shows Warm Springs Rapid on the Yampa River in its present state, so film must have been made after June 1966 when the rapid was formed. 35:00 Three copies of film, one badly scratched.
1960s
40 Home movies

8mm film
Film of hunting camp with Bus Hatch and family in the 1950s; airplane flight over Grand Canyon. 3:00. DVD copy available.
circa 1950s
41 Home movies

8mm film
View of salmon leaping up Dagger Falls, Middle Fork of Salmon River; Don Hatch's family? at overlook of Red Canyon, Green River; family getting into white 1950s Porsche 356 coupe; playing in lake at Green Lakes Lodge, Uinta Mountains. Box is labeled "mystery roll" 5:00. DVD copy available.
circa 1960s
42 Home movies

Super 8mm film
Don Hatch pumping up rafts and putting on life jackets on boats labeled "Canadian River Expeditions." Chilko River? malfunction in camera makes film jump. 3:00. DVD copy available.
circa 1973
cassette
43 Home movies

Super 8mm film
"Portage of boat" on Chilko River? in Canada, 1973? box is labeled "good roll" 3:00.
circa 1973
44 Home movies

Super 8mm film
Underexposed, jumpy film reel; not able to see what it is about. Possibly Christmas morning? 3:00. DVD copy available.
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Rivers--Recreational use
  • Rivers--West (U.S.)
  • Personal Names :
  • Hatch, Robert Rafael, 1902-1967
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Moving images