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Andrew Pfeiffenberger river running video collection, 1954-1955
- Pfeiffenberger, Andrew
- Andrew Pfeiffenberger river running video collection
- 1954-1955 (inclusive)19541955
- 3 16mm films, 1 DVD
- Collection Number
- The Andrew Pfeiffenberger river running video collection (1954-1955) consists of home movies taken by Pfeiffenberger of river trip vacations with Bus Hatch and "Smuss" Allen on the Yampa River and Green River in Dinosaur National Monument in Eastern Utah and Western Colorado.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
- 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
With the controversy over the planned Echo Park Dam in Dinosaur National Monument in the late 1940s and early 1950s, many people like Andrew Pfeiffenberger 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 Andrew Pfeiffenberger river running video collection (1954-1955) consists of home movies taken by Pfeiffenberger of river trip vacations with Bus Hatch and Hatch River Expeditions on the Yampa River and Green River in Dinosaur National Monument in Eastern Utah and Western Colorado. The 3 16mm films in this collection have been digitized and are available for viewing on the DVD detailed in this finding aid.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Andrew Pfeiffenberger river running video collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Multimedia Archivist.
Initial Citation: Andrew Pfeiffenberger river running video collection A1025. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The materials are arranged chronologically.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
16mm river films, 1954-1955Return to Top
Container(s): Disc 1
Yampa and Green Rivers with Bus Hatch
The party convenes in Denver, Colorado in late June 1954 and prepares to launch raft on Yampa River, probably at Lily Park. Once the voyage is underway the film contains lots of footage of scenery and flowers and men in and out of boats and pontoons but relatively few shots of running through the rapids until the end of the film. This film features the following scenes along the Yampa and Green Rivers:
Green River with "Smuss" Allen
River rafters leave home and family in Denver in early June 1955 and drive across the Rocky Mountains (Berthoud Pass) to launch (1 pontoon, 1 ten man raft) into the Green River near Craig or Sunbeam, Colorado. Water is quite high for the duration of the trip. Lots of shots of scenery, rapids and camp activity. This film features the following scenes along the Green River:
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Rivers--Recreational use
- Hatch, Bus, 1902-1967
- Dinosaur National Monument (Colo. and Utah)
- Green River Basin (Wyo.-Utah)
- Yampa River (Colo.)
Form or Genre Terms
- Moving images