C. R. Savage diaries
Scope and Contents
The diaries contain notes and comments on business, descriptions of many journeys around the West and commentaries on the religious and social life of the period.
Conditions Governing Access
Orignal diaries restricted. Transcripts available for patron use.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from C. R. Savage diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
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.
4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcriptions of diaries available in Box 3 and 4.
- California -- Description and travel
- Frontier and pioneer life
- Home and Family
- Polygamy -- Religious aspects -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Salt Lake City (Utah)
- Social Life and Customs
- Utah -- Description and travel
- Utah -- Economic conditions
- West (U.S.) -- Description and travel
- Register of C. R. Savage diaries
- Amy Perez
- 2011 March 9
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.