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Stuart and Carita Kadison collection of C. R. Savage photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2943

Scope and Contents

Contains 105 photographs, taken mainly by C.R. Savage, of scenes around Utah, especially Salt Lake City. There are also a few photographs in the collection of nature scenes in Colorado, Wyoming, and California. Several photographs of Brigham Young and his residences are in the collection, as well as important buildings pertaining to the history of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle, the Assembly Hall, and the Lion, Beehive, and Gardo houses. Other photographed places around Salt Lake City include the Deseret News Building, the Salt Lake Theater, the Salt Palace, Wandamere Park, Ensign and Prospect Hill, and the Saltair and Garfield resorts. Also in the collection are photographs of mines, Indians, lakes, and railways in Utah, including two photographs of the joining of the rails on May 10, 1869. Dated approximately 1860-1900.


  • approximately 1860-1900


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Stuart and Carita Kadison collection of C. R. Savage photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

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

Charles Roscoe 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.

Biographical History

Stuart Kadison (1923-2003) was an American lawyer, educator, and writer.

Stuart Kadison was born on November 17, 1923 in Richmond, Virginia to Elliot Theodore Kadison and Rebecca Lesser. He attended the University of Maryland, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1942, and served as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II. On June 23, 1946 he married Carita Silverman, and they had three children. Kadison then attended Stanford University, earning a juris doctorate in 1948.

During his career, Kadison worked as a trial lawyer in constitutional law in Los Angeles, California. He served for a time as the president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and as governor of the State Bar of California. He also taught law at Stanford University and the University of Chicago, among other schools. In addition to his work, Kadison also served on foundations and boards related to law as well as the arts. Kadison died on October 22, 2003.

Biographical History

Carita Kadison is an American art collector, and the widow of attorney Stuart Kadison.


3 items (10 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

4 oversize boxes (5.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged numerically.

Custodial History

Portions of this collection were donated by Carita Kadison and portions were purchased by Special Collections in 2004. Donation was made in memory of Rex E. Lee.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Carita Kadison; 2004.

Donated; Carita Kadison; 2004.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Tom Wells; 2008.

Register of Stuart and Carita Kadison collection of C. R. Savage photographs
Sarah Flinders
2012 August 22
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States