Green River Archives, circa 1969

Overview of the Collection

Green River Archives
Green River Archives
circa 1969 (inclusive)
1 16mm film
Collection Number
The Green River Archives video collection (circa 1969) consists of a film produced by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Geological Survey on John Wesley Powell. The film describes Powell's first expedition down the Grand Canyon on the Green River, highlighting the area's geological features.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Green River, located in the western United States, is the chief tributary of the Colorado River. The watershed of the river, known as the Green River Basin, covers parts of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. The Green River is 730 miles (1,170 km) long, beginning in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming and flowing through Wyoming and Utah for most of its course, except for 40 miles (64 km) into western Colorado

John Wesley Powell (March 24, 1834 – September 23, 1902) was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois State University, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers that included the first known passage through the Grand Canyon.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Green River Archives video collection (circa 1969) consists of one 16mm film made on occassion of the centennial of John Wesley Powell's first expedition through the Grand Canyon on the Green River. All of the items have been digitized and are available for viewing on DVD.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Green River Archives must be obtained from the Special Collections Multimedia Archivist.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Green River Archives A1140, Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations:A1140.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Donated by Green River Archives in 2013.

Processing Note

Processed by Jacob Waltman in 2013.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 John Wesley Powell: Canyon Geologist
Color, sound
16mm film
John Wesley Powell: Canyon Geologist, produced by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Geological Survey, charts one-armed veteran geologist John Wesley Powell's first expedition through the Grand Canyon. Explanatory narration, adventurous orchestral music and direct readings from Powell's diary aid diverse visuals featuring a mix of landscape photography, animation, and Powell's own drawings. As the film recounts Powell's struggles against both nature and the uncertainty of his own crew whilst traveling down the river, various geological features of the Grand Canyon and the history of their formation are highlighted. The film culminates with a celebratory reminder of Powell's notable legacy
circa 1969

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Exploration and discovery

Personal Names

  • Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902

Corporate Names

  • Department of the Interior, 1912-

Geographical Names

  • Colorado River Basin (Colo.-Mexico)
  • Green River Basin (Wyo.-Utah)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Moving images
  • Sound recordings