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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."


  • 1869


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.

Biographical history

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.)

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Custodial History

These items were purchased by Special Collections in 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase; James Cummins Bookseller; 2007.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

These items are part of the 19th Century Western and Mormon Americana Archives.

Register of C. R. Savage cartes-de-visite of the joining of the rails
Lucy Brimhall
2013 April 9
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