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Brandy Blank river running video collection, 1940s
- Blank, Brandy
- Brandy Blank river running video collection
- 1940s (inclusive)19401949
- 1 VHS videocassette
- Collection Number
- The Brandy Blank river running video collection (1940s, 1970s) consists of a VHS videocassette containing a dub of an 8mm color silent film of a 1940s Boy Scout river trip through Glen Canyon led by Bert Loper as well as footage of a 1970s era Westwater Canyon river trip.
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
Before it was flooded by the rising waters of Lake Powell, Glen Canyon was a popular river running and destination. Led by guides like Albert "Bert" Loper, boaters experienced redrock canyons and Anasazi ruins alongside the Colorado River. Born in Missouri in 1869, Loper traveled west to the rivers of the Desert Southwest, where he spent the majority of his life in his adopted hometown of Green River, Utah. In 1916 Loper and Ellsworth Kolb became the first people to boat through Utah's Westwater Canyon. In 1920 Loper served as lead boatman for teh United States Geological Survey (USGS) mission to find a location for the future Hoover Dam. In 1939, at the age of 69, Loper ran every rapid in the Grand Canyon with fellow riverman Don Harris. He died in 1949 at the age of 79 when he flipped his self-made boat in the Grand Canyon's Marble Gorge. Glen Canyon Dam was dedicated in 1966.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Brandy Blank river running video collection (1940s, 1970s) consists of a VHS videocassette containing a dub of an 8mm color silent film of a 1940s Boy Scout river trip through Glen Canyon led by Bert Loper as well as footage of a 1970s era Westwater Canyon river trip. All materials have been digitized and are available to view on DVD.
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 Brandy Blank river running video collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Multimedia Archivist.
Initial Citation: Brandy Blank river running video collection A0532, Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Materials are arranged chronologically.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
River running videosReturn to Top
Container(s): Cassette 1
Glen Canyon river trip
Dub of what was probably an 8mm film of a Boy Scout trip through Glen Canyon led by Bert Loper. Since Loper died in 1949 this film has been approximately dated to between 1946 and 1949.
Glen Canyon river trip with musical accompaniment
Color, sound (music)
Westwater Canyon river trip
Color, sound (music)
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Rivers--Recreational use
- Loper, Bert, 1869-1949
- Glen Canyon Region (Utah and Ariz.)--History.
- Westwater Canyon Wilderness (Utah)
Form or Genre Terms
- Moving images