C. R. Savage portraits

C. R. Savage portraits

Dates: circa 1890

Collection includes two portraits (34 x 27 cm.) of a man and a woman thought to be the Thomas family, taken by C. R. Savage in the mid to late 1800's.

  • Extent: 1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Savage, C. R. (Charles Roscoe), 1832-1909
  • Call Number: MSS 7743
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Technical Requirements
Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Arrangement
Maintained in original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from C. R. Savage portraits must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7743; C. R. Savage portraits; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7743, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The L. Tom Perry Special Collections recieved this collection from Judy Ferry Stephenson who revieved it from her mother, Barbara Beth Thomas Ferry. She recieved it from her parents: William J. And Dora Elida Briggs Thomas (of Washington State).
Acquisition Information
Donated; Judy Ferry Stephenson; 2011.
Subject Terms
Thomas family--Portraits; Images; Material Types
Genre / Form
Photographs; Portraits
Processing Information
Processed; Lionel Thomas, student photograph processor; 2011.
Appraisal Information
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS7743
Finding Aid Title
Savage (C. R.) portraits
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lionel Thomas
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-08-16T11:27-0600
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

C.R. Savage (1832-1909) was a photographer of the American West in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

C.R. Savage, born August 16, 1832, in England, became one of the foremost 19th century landscape photographers of the western United States, as well as a renowned studio portrait photographer, with his studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. The idea to emigrate from England to Utah undoubtedly began shortly after his 1848 baptism and membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

Savage's immigration in 1856 to New York marked the beginning of his known interest in establishing a photography business. On assignment from the LDS Church he traveled to Florence, Nebraska. His family subsequently joined him in 1860 and Savage established a primitive studio in Council Bluffs, Nebraska. Finally, the family made their way across the country arriving in Salt Lake City on August 29, 1860. The next day he made business arrangements with Marsena Cannon, a daguerreotype photographer and owner of a studio on East Temple. In 1862, with Cannon's departure to St. George, Utah, Savage formed a partnership with George Martin Ottinger. Savage & Ottinger legally dissolved their firm in 1870, and that same year Savage formed the Pioneer Art Gallery, and in 1875, needing more space, he replaced it with the Art Bazaar.

On June 26, 1883, his Art Bazaar burned to the ground, with all of his negatives. After his death on February 3, 1909, another fire in 1911 destroyed all of the negatives from the last twenty-five years of his career. Although his sons continued to operate the business, the Art Bazaar closed its doors permanently on December 31, 1926.



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