C. R. Savage cartes-de-visite of the joining of the rails
Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4222
Scope and Contents
This collection contains two carte-de-visites taken at Promontory Point, Utah during the Joining of the Rails ceremony which linked the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads to form the first transcontinental railroad in the United States on 10 May 1869. On the back of the carte-de-visites is written "Point of Junction of U.P. & C.P.R.R. [Union Pacific & Central Pacific Rail Roads]. Getting ready to lay the last rail" and "Driving last spike U.P. & C.P.R.R.R.s. Promontory Hill Utah April 9th [sic] 1869."
- Savage, C. R. (Charles Roscoe), 1832-1909 (Author, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open to public access. 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 C. R. Savage cartes-de-visite of the joining of the rails must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Charles Roscoe Savage was born August 16, 1832, in Southampton, Hampshire, England to John Savage and Ann Rogers. At the age of thirteen, Charles began investigating religion in the local Southampton churches and was baptized a member of the LDS church on May 25, 1848. In 1855, having learned German and French fluently on service missions for the church, he was asked to serve as interpreter for a group of Saints who were emigrating to New York. He and his wife, Annie Adkins, made their home in Williamsburg, New York, where Charles worked in Samuel Booth's printing shop. While living in New York, Savage began to learn the photography business. In 1862, Savage formed a partnership with artist George Martin Ottinger, called Savage and Ottinger. Perhaps of all of his work, he is best known as one of the three photographers of the joining of the rails at Promontory Point. Savage and Ottinger legally dissolved their firm in 1870, after which Savage formed the Pioneer Art Gallery. In 1875, needing more space, he replaced it with the Art Bazaar.
1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)
These items were purchased by Special Collections in 2007.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase; James Cummins Bookseller; 2007.
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
- Register of C. R. Savage cartes-de-visite of the joining of the rails
- Lucy Brimhall
- 2013 April 9
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.