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Robert Smith photograph collection, 1960-1975
- Robert Smith photograph collection
- 1960-1975 (inclusive)19601975
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Park City ski activitiesReturn to Top
Gary Conan and Friend
Park City Ski School
Pre-Season Ski School, Park City
Park City Ski School Staff
Park City Early Ski Season
Park City Staff
Park City Ski Staff
Hercules Ski Club Race
PSIA Demo Team at Park City
PSIA 1965 Interski Team
|1965 February 05-07|
Music and skiing, including the band Paul Revere and the Raiders
Park City Skiing
Slides 35mm. (miscellaneous)
SlidesReturn to Top
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:
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)
Digital onlyReturn to Top
Robert Smith Childhood, outdoor recreation, and travel
This box contains scans of personal photos of Robert Smith and family.
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
- Skis and skiingUtahHistoryPhotographs
- Park City Ski Area (Utah)Photographs
- Alta (Utah)Photographs
- Brighton (Utah)Photographs
- Solitude Mountain Resort (Utah)Photographs
Form or Genre Terms
- Photographic prints
- Photographic printsColor