C. R. Savage photograph collection
- approximately 1860-1900
- Savage, C. R. (Charles Roscoe), 1832-1909 (Creator, Person)
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8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
1 oversize folder (0.01 linear ft.)
3 oversize boxes (8 linear ft.)
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.
Other Finding Aids
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Register of C. R. Savage photograph collection
- Billy Plunket, Tom Wells, Susan L. Fales, and Adrienne Gabriel
- 2004 April
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008