Dale E. Winn home movies, 1915-1975

Overview of the Collection

Winn, Dale E.
Dale E. Winn home movies
1915-1975 (inclusive)
44 8mm films
Collection Number
The Dale E. Winn home movies (1915-1975) consists primarily of home movies capturing Winn's outdoor adventures with friends and family, inlcuding rappelling in the Tetons, rafting down the Colorado River, skiing competitions in Aspen and much more.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dale E. Winn was born 23 November 1917 in Tooele, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with an English major. Before the war he worked in the smelter and as a traveling salesman for a knit dress company. He was drafted in 1941, serving in Australia, New Guinea and at Fort Still, Oklahoma. He returned to Tooele after the war and took up a position at the post office, where he would remain for the rest of his working career. Winn died of kidney failure in 1999.

Winn was an avid explorer, and spent a great deal of his time amongst the outdoors. He was an expert camper, with a love for photography and writing. Affectionately nicknamed "Unk the desert Rat" by his family, he had a knack for storytelling around the campfire. Winn wished to be a published author, at one point self-publishing his military memories of World War Two entitled "Suntan and Fatigue". Winn was continually gathering new experiences, participating in archeology digs in the desert, taking climbing lessons in the Teton Mountains and running numerous rivers in the midwest.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Dale. E. Winn home movies (1915-1975) consists primarily of home movies taken by Winn of various excursions amongst a wide variety of outdoor locations. Friends and family are captured running down the Colorado, Virgin and San Juan Rivers, rappelling in the Teton mountains and skiing in Aspen, Colorado. Salt Creek and Cataract Canyons, Orderville Gulch, Glenwood Springs and the Canyonlands are also featured. The collection is an impressive catalogue of geographical features in the midwest, filmed effectively by Winn. A handful of professional films owned by Winn, including those by Charlie Chaplin and Frank Buck, and early Disney cartoons such as "Two Little Pups", are inlcuded. 44 8mm films have been digitized and are available for viewing on the DVDs detailed in this finding aid.

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 Dale E. Winn home movies must be obtained from the Special Collections Multimedia Archivist.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Dale E. Winn home movies A1139, Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations:A1139.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The materials are arranged by subject

Acquisition Information

Donated by Denis F. Winn in 2013.

Processing Note

Processed by Jacob Waltman in 2013

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Dale E. Winn home movies Part One
Color and Black/White, no sound
Depicts a wide variety of outdoor locations, inlcuding Elephant Hill, Cataract Canyon, Yellowstone, the San Juan River, etc.
  • Elephant Hill
  • Salt Creek Canyon
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Two Little Pups
  • Desert
  • Joyce Skiing
  • Cataract Canyon
  • Geo & Dale
  • Canyonlands
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Crossing of the Fathers
  • World's Fair Seattle
  • Cataract Canyon ('56)
  • Najajo Indian Reservation
  • San Juan River Ship
  • Yellowstone
  • Tetons
  • Japanese Gardens
  • Apsen Ski Competition
  • George & Brent
  • Mountains
  • Los Angeles Bay
2 Dale E. Winn home movies Part Two
Color and Black/White, no sound
Depicts a wide variety of outdoor locations, including Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Orderville Gulch, the Canyon River, etc.
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Popeye
  • Birth of a Nation
  • Wright Bros.
  • Tetons Rappeling
  • Desert
  • Canyonlands
  • So. Utah Ruins
  • Mickey
  • Virgin River
  • Climbing School
  • Alta Skiing
  • Orderville Gulch
  • Orderville Gulch (2)
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Skiing
  • Colorado River Trip
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Salt Creeky Canyon
  • Colorado River Run
  • Colorado River Run (2)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
  • Home movies
  • Utah

Form or Genre Terms

  • Moving images