Richard David Quartaroli


Special Collections Librarian Emeritus
Northern Arizona University

Richard Quartaroli’s first Grand Canyon river trip in 1973 was as a passenger on an 18-day rowing trip. That "trip of a lifetime" led to around 200+ river trips and transitioned to: swamper, boatman, guide, historian, oar- and motor-powered boats, commercial, private, research, resource, educational, and historical. Leading to researching and a Master of Library and Information Science, he was the first research librarian at the Glen Canyon Environmental Studies and The Special Collections Librarian at Northern Arizona University, a past president of the Grand Canyon River Guides, and editor for the Proceedings of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grand Canyon History Symposia. He has presented and written about many aspects of Grand Canyon and Colorado River history.


John Wesley Powell and Crew’s 1869 Grand Canyon River Mapping: What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?