Charles Eggert papers, 1904-2000

Overview of the Collection

Eggert, Charles, 1918-
Charles Eggert papers
1904-2000 (inclusive)
5.25 linear feet
Collection Number
ACCN 1659
The Charles Eggert papers (1904-2000) consists of correspondence, diaries, production notes, film scripts, financial records, research materials, pamphlets, publicity materials, press releases, magazine articles, and news clippings. Eggert is a photographer and independent filmmaker. He produced films documenting trips on the Green and Colorado Rivers before the construction of the Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon Dams.
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Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 8015818863
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Charles Eggert (b.1918) is a photographer and independent filmmaker originally based in Barrytown, New York. He was actively involved in several conservation movements in the 1950s and 1960s, including the Echo Park Dam controversy, the creation of Canyonlands National Park, and the controversy over the proposed dams in the Grand Canyon. Charles Eggert headed several river expeditions down the Green and Colorado Rivers during the 1950s, prior to the damming at Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon. These trips resulted in the films, A Canyon Voyage and Danger River. Amongst other conservationist films, he made Wilderness River Trail, which was considered by modern historians to be instrumental in halting construction of the proposed Echo Park Dam.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Charles Eggert papers (1904-2000) contain correspondence, diaries, production notes, film scripts, financial records, research materials, maps, press releases, articles, and news clippings related to expeditions on the Green and Colorado Rivers and films documenting those expeditions.

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

Separated Materials

Photographs and audio-visual materials were transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections (P0766 and A0511).

Acquisition Information

Donated by Charles Eggert (boxes 1-8) in 1997.

Donated by unknown (boxes 9-10) in 1997.

Processing Note

Processed by Lea Kinikini in 2002.

Addendum processed by Lisa DeMille in 2004.

Related Materials

Forms part of the Utah River Running Archive.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Journals and CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Eggert-Hatch River Expedition Journal
1 2
Fred Wood, River Journal
1 3-8
This box also contains correspondence to and from Leslie A. Jones and Fred Wood.

PublicationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
Proposed Canyonland National Park Statement
4 2
"Forbidden Passage," First Draft
4 3-5
Untitled Manuscript, Chapters 2-28
4 6
The Canyon That Was, Film Script
4 7
The Sculptured Earth , Film Script
4 8-9

Business MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 1
5 2-3
Financial Records
5 4
Legal Documents
5 5
Eggert-Hatch River Expedition Notes
5 6-7
A Canyon Voyage , Production Notes
5 8-9
Canyonlands , Production Notes

Production NotesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
6 1-2
Dams vs. Dinosaur
6 3
Danger River
6 4
Dinosaur Film
6 5
Lincoln Memorial
6 6
This is Dinosaur
6 7
Water or Your Life
6 8-9
Wilderness River Trail
6 10
Production Notes Copies
6 11

General MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
7 1
Claire Leonard, A Canyon Voyage , Musical Score
7 2
Underman, Geology Field Guide , 1951
7 3-7
Newsletters and Bulletins
7 8-12
National Parks Tourist Pamphlets
7 13
Film Publicity
7 14
Press Releases
7 15
Magazine Articles
7 16
News Clippings
7 17
Leslie A. Jones Material
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
8 1
Colorado River Mouth of Green River Utah to Lees Ferry Arizona
8 2
Dinosaur National Monument Colorado Utah
8 3
Green River Wyoming, Green River Utah
8 4
The Knoll Quadrangle Utah

Diaries, Writings and General MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
9 1-2
Eggert-Hatch Expedition Diary
These folders contain the original and a photocopy.
9 3-6
"Forbidden Passage," Drafts
9 7
River Ratings, Specifications, and Maps

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Geographical Names

  • Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)--Recreational use--History--Sources
  • Green River (Wyo.-Utah)--Recreational use--History--Sources

Form or Genre Terms

  • Articles
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Financial records
  • Maps
  • Notes
  • Press releases
  • Scripts (documents)