Robert Smith photograph collection, 1960-1975

Overview of the Collection

Robert Smith photograph collection
1960-1975 (inclusive)
3 boxes
Collection Number
The Robert Smith photograph collection contains photographs of skiers and staff at the Park City Ski Area, Utah. The collection also includes photographs taken at Brighton, Solitude, and Alta ski resorts in Utah.
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

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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Smith (1933-2012) has an insatiable passion for skiing Alta Ski Area's extreme and deep powder conditions is at the core of one of the sport's significant inventions - the fog-free goggle. The creative genius behind that passion and invention was Dr. Robert Smith, a native of San Francisco and one-time orthodontist. His invention was born in 1960 on his kitchen table where he and his wife Jean used dental tools, foam and glue to develop their early models.

Today Smith Goggles' "Thermopane" concept uses two lenses and a sealed space between them to solve the problem of warmth from the face fogging the goggles. In the 1970s the Smith Goggle of Sun Valley, Idaho and Clearfield, Utah was the largest selling ski goggle in the country. A quiet, humble and generous man, Smith gave freely of his time and flying talents to numerous worthy causes. But his most notable contribution is that which he brought to skiers and snowboarders throughout the world - comfortable, fog-free goggles.

Robert Smith was inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hallof Fame in 2013. The above biograpical note is from that event.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection documents the Staff and goings on of Park City ski activities during the early 1960s. Extensive documentation of the staff in photographs and unprinted negatives. Images were taken at notable Utah resorts such as; Park City, Brighton, Solitude, and Alta.

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

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Collection is arranged by topic and skiers.

Processing Note

Processed by Dale Larsen in 1994.

Related Materials

This collection forms part of the Utah Ski and Snowboard Archive, which is part of the S.J. Quinney Outdoor Recreation Archive

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Park City ski activitiesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Woody Anderson
1 2
Lee Snedaker
1 3
Gary Conan and Friend
1 4
1 5
Park City Ski School
1 6
Ski Instructors
1 7
Pre-Season Ski School, Park City
1 8
Park City Ski School Staff
1 9
Park City Early Ski Season
1 10
Park City Staff
1 11
Park City Ski Staff
1 12
Racing Class
1 13
Hercules Ski Club Race
1 14
PSIA Demo Team at Park City
1964 December
1 15
PSIA 1965 Interski Team
1 16
NCAA Classic
1965 February 05-07
1 17-20
circa 1960
1 21
Music and skiing, including the band Paul Revere and the Raiders
circa 1960
1 22
1 23
Park City Skiing
1964 March
1 24
1 25
1 26
Slides 35mm. (miscellaneous)
Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 1
Instructors, Bob Smith and Park City, Utah
This box contains larger format color slides (approx. 120mm+) taken circa 1960s. For 35mm slides see Box 1 Folder 26 of this collection. Slide boxes are labelled as follows:
  • Instructor Portraits (undated)
  • Instructor Portraits (undated)
  • OK Portraits, Ski Season, 1961
  • Park City ISIA Clinic, April 27, 1965
  • Bob Smith (undated)
  • Bob Smith (undated)
  • Bob Smith (undated)
  • Park City Pub. (undated)
  • Park City Ski (undated)
2 2
Park City instructors, staff, ski related and miscellaneous
Note: Because the groups of negatives didn't correspond to printed material they were each given an individual number for reference. (Negatives are stored separately in negative collection)
  • Photograph number 1: ?
  • Photograph number 2: Smith and Larsen
  • Photograph number 3: Woody Anderson
  • Photograph number 4: W. Schroeder, Skiing, 1962
  • Photograph number 5: "Moose", 1963
  • Photograph number 6: "G. Miller's Kid", Skiing, 1963
  • Photograph number 7: Gary Conan, February, 1964
  • Photograph number 8: Rod H. Rich, circa 1964
  • Photograph number 9: Park City Ski School
  • Photograph number 10: Park City Ski School
  • Photograph number 11: Park City Ski School
  • Photograph number 12: Ski Instructors
  • Photograph number 13: Ski Instructors
  • Photograph number 14: Brighton Ski School
  • Photograph number 15: Instructors, 1962
  • Photograph number 16: Instructors, 1963
  • Photograph number 17: Instructors, 1963
  • Photograph number 18: Instructors, 1963
  • Photograph number 19: Pre-Season Ski School, Park City, 1963
  • Photograph number 20: McKonk Staff, 1964
  • Photograph number 21: Park City Staff, 1964
  • Photograph number 22: Park City Staff, 1964
  • Photograph number 23: Park City Staff, 1964
  • Photograph number 24: Park City Staff, 1964
  • Photograph number 25: Park City Staff, 1964
  • Photograph number 26: Park City Staff, 1964
  • Photograph number 27: Park City Staff, 1965
  • Photograph number 28: Park City Staff, 1965
  • Photograph number 29: Park City Staff, 1965
  • Photograph number 30: Racing Class
  • Photograph number 31: Hercules Ski Club Race, 1964
  • Photograph number 32: PSIA Demo Team at Park City, December, 1964
  • Photograph number 33: NCAA Classic, February 5-7, 1965
  • Photograph number 34: Miscellaneous Skiing
  • Photograph number 35: Miscellaneous Skiing
  • Photograph number 36: Alta Skiing, 1962
  • Photograph number 37: Park City Early Season, 1963
  • Photograph number 38: Skiing, Spring, 1963
  • Photograph number 39: Park City, 1963-1964

Digital onlyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 1
Robert Smith Childhood, outdoor recreation, and travel
This box contains scans of personal photos of Robert Smith and family.
3 2
Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame
This box contains scans of images used for the nomination and induction of Robert Smith into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Skis and skiingUtahHistoryPhotographs

Corporate Names

  • Park City Ski Area (Utah)Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Alta (Utah)Photographs
  • Brighton (Utah)Photographs
  • Solitude Mountain Resort (Utah)Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographic prints
  • Photographic printsColor