C. R. Savage photograph collection

C. R. Savage photograph collection

Dates: approximately 1860-1900

Primarily a collection of original Savage prints, covering all periods of his career. Of the 839 items, over 750 are clearly Savage photographs. Eighteen other photographers are named, including one photograph by Alfred A. Hart, two photographs by Edw. J. Muybridge, and a possible Carleton E. Watkins photograph.

  • Extent: 3 oversize boxes (8 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize folder (0.01 linear ft.). -- 8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Savage, C. R. (Charles Roscoe), 1832-1909
  • Call Number: MSS P 24
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research. However, it is kept in cold storage and access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in five series: 1. Charles R. Savage stereographs, 1849-1909. 2. Charles R. Savage carte-de-visites and cabinet cards, 1852-1918. 3. Charles R. Savage boudoir prints, 1855-1894. 4. Charles R. Savage photographs, 1847-1918. 5. Oversized C.R. Savage photographs, 1857-1910.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from C.R. Savage photograph collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS P 24; C. R. Savage photograph collection; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS P 24, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The photographs included in the C.R. Savage Photograph collection, MSS P 24, were gathered together over many years and include many contributors. The bulk of the collection was acquired in the early 1970s, no later than 1973, with the donation of several hundred original Savage prints from Marianne C. Sharp, the granddaughter of C.R. Savage, and her father, J. Reuben Clark, Jr., who had married Luciane, the youngest daughter of C.R. Savage. In addition approximately 80 original prints were transferred from the following collections: P 167, the H. H. Tammen photograph collection; P 240 Phillip Margetts collection; P 43, C.R. Peterson; P 174 Anthony Street collection; P 21 James Talmage collection; P 615 Salt Lake collection; P 66 William Henry Jackson collection, P 231, the Knowlton family photographs, ca. 1880s-1930s; Vault MSS 528, the John Steele collection; and P-173, the Ruth Louise Partridge photograph collection. These transfers are generally noted in the inventory or container list. A total of 13 photographs were either donated or purchased since the initial Savage collection was received from Marianne C. Sharp, and J. Reuben Clark, Jr. These include: two stereographs of Brigham Young from Susan O. Scroggins, received in 1984; in 1987 two photographs, subject unknown, were received from Nathaniel Cook; in 1981 three interior photographs of the Salt Lake Tabernacle were received from Vesta M. Stevenson; in 1988, three photographs of the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Salt Lake Temple, and the Lion House were received from Nathaniel Cook; also in 1988 a carte-de-visite of Devil's Gate, Weber Canyon, Utah (1866) was added, source unknown; in 1989 a photograph of Wilford Woodruff was purchased from Michael Swanson; and in 1997 a stereo photograph of the baptism of 250 Shebit Indians was donated by Richard K. and Johanna Wynns. All subsequent Savage photographs received in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections will be treated as separate collections.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Marianne C. Sharp, Nathaniel Cook, Richard K. and Johanna Wynns; 1973-1997.
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSSP24.xml
Subject Terms
Beehive House (Salt Lake City, Utah); Hart, Alfred A., 1816-1908; Melander, Silas Peter, 1850-1929; Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904; Salt Lake Temple; Smith, George Albert, 1817-1875; Snow, Lorenzo, 1814-1901; Wilson, G. W. (George Washington), 1823-1893; Young, Brigham, 1801-1877; Aberdeen (Scotland); Arizona; California; Colorado; England; Idaho; Illinois; Images; Indians of North America; Material Types; Mexico; New York (N.Y.); Rhode Island; Salt Lake City (Utah); Saltair Resort (Utah); San Francisco (Calif.)
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Billy Plunket, Tom Wells, Susan L. Fales, and Adrienne Gabriel; April 2004.
Appraisal Information
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Savage (C. R.) photograph collection
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Billy Plunket, Tom Wells, Susan L. Fales, and Adrienne Gabriel
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-16T04:33-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
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.

Savage's immigration in 1856 to New York marked the beginning of his known interest in establishing a photography business. On assignment from the 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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