The Resource C. R. Savage photograph collection

C. R. Savage photograph collection

Label
C. R. Savage photograph collection, circa 1860-1900
Title
C. R. Savage photograph collection
Inclusive dates
circa 1860-1900
Title variation
Savage photographs,
Title variation date
ca. 1860-ca. 1900
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Primarily a collection of original Savage prints, covering all periods of his career. Of the 838 photographs, over 750 are clearly Savage photographs. Eighteen other photographers are named, including one photograph by Alfred A. Hart, 1816-1908; Copelin & Melander, Chicago; Edward Martin, Salt Lake City; Silas Peter Melander, 1850-1929; Eadweard J. Muybridge, 1830-1904, San Francisco; Opp. Walker Bros., Salt Lake City; George W. Wilson, 1823-1893, Aberdeen; Charles A. Zimmerman, 1844-1909, and a possible Carleton E. Watkins photograph. There are also approximately 20 photographs where the photographer is unknown. The known photographers are from a variety of locations from California to Massachusetts to Pennsylvania and are noted in the inventory. The collection includes approximately 100 stereographs, 130 carte-de-visites, 100 cabinet, over 150 boudoir, 20 bookplate prints, three lantern slides, 250 various size prints mounted and/or framed, and 40 oversized photographs. The medium is predominately albumen with over 500 photographs, over 160 collodians, almost 120 gelatin, one albertype, 13 letterpress halftones, and nine calotypes. Landscapes predominate in the collection with over 560 prints. Salt Lake City, where Savage had his studio for 50 years, represents almost one-third of the landscapes with over 180; the Western United States (California being most prominent) contains almost one-third of the landscapes with approximately 175; and Utah scenes include 165 photographs. Portraits, numbering over 220, include approximately 85 photographs of LDS Church leaders, especially numerous are Brigham Young photographs (approximately 30-often replicates in different size prints). There are thirteen Savage and Savage family photographs. Unfortunately over 65 portraits are of unknown subjects
Biographical or historical data
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 of Mary 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. By 1860 he had set up his photography business in Council Bluffs, Nebraska. On June 8, 1860, the Savage family left for the Salt Lake Valley. In 1862, Savage formed a partnership with artist George Martin Ottinger, called Savage and Ottinger. A major photographic venture was his grand tour of the photographic studios of the United States in 1866. On this 9,000 mile trip, he cultivated relationships with newspapers, and saw the latest equipment and techniques, as well as stocked up on new equipment, including a photographic wagon for field work. 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. During the decades of the 1870s and 1880s, he took numerous trips, often to California. On June 26, 1883, his Art Bazaar was destroyed by fire and all of his negatives with it. Recovering rapidly, he began using the new dry plate technique and he reopened the new Art Bazaar just six months later. On April 6, 1892, he photographed the completion of the Salt Lake Temple and sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the capstone ceremony. And, although he retired from management of his store and studio in 1906, he still continued to work sporadically until his death on February 3, 1909. His sons continued to run the Art Bazaar, but once again in August 1911, all of the glass plate negatives from the last 25 years of Savage's life were destroyed by fired. On December 31, 1926, the Art Bazaar closed its doors permanently.
Cataloging source
UPB
Characteristic
picture
Location of other archival material
See also the C.R. Savage diaries (MSS 1424) and the C.R. Savage scrapbook (MSS SC 824).
Runtime
http://bibfra.me/vocab/marc/not-applicable
Technique
not applicable
Label
C. R. Savage photograph collection
Link
http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/2294/UPB_MSSP24
Instantiates
Content category
still image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Cumulative index finding aids
Register available.
Extent
  • 839
  • 3 oversize boxes
  • (8 linear feet)
  • 1 oversize folder
  • (0. 01 linear foot)
  • 8 boxes
  • (4 linear feet)
Governing access note
Condition restricted;
Immediate source of acquisition
Marianne Sharp, Vesta M. Stevenson, Susan O. Scroggins, Nathaniel Cook, Richard and Johanna Wynns, Michael Swanson.
Jurisdiction note
permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Ownership
1 photograph was purchased from Book Connection in Provo, Utah.
Type of unit
photographs.
Label
C. R. Savage photograph collection
Link
http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/2294/UPB_MSSP24
Content category
still image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Cumulative index finding aids
Register available.
Extent
  • 839
  • 3 oversize boxes
  • (8 linear feet)
  • 1 oversize folder
  • (0. 01 linear foot)
  • 8 boxes
  • (4 linear feet)
Governing access note
Condition restricted;
Immediate source of acquisition
Marianne Sharp, Vesta M. Stevenson, Susan O. Scroggins, Nathaniel Cook, Richard and Johanna Wynns, Michael Swanson.
Jurisdiction note
permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Ownership
1 photograph was purchased from Book Connection in Provo, Utah.
Type of unit
photographs.

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