Finding Aid for the Savage-Armstrong Family Papers 1821-1931, undated

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Savage-Armstrong Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1821-1931
Collection number: MS.2001.014
Creator: Savage-Armstrong family
Extent: 11 bound volumes and 1 box
Repository: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: Papers and bound manuscripts of poet and scholar George Francis Savage-Armstrong and his family, including commonplace books, notebooks, military papers, photograph albums, watercolors, and other items.
Physical location: Clark Library.
Language: Collection materials in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Savage-Armstrong Family Papers, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

The Savage-Armstrong family papers were acquired in 2001, as a part of the purchase of approximately 350 volumes from the libraries of George Francis Savage-Armstrong and his brother Edmund John Armstrong. These rare books, many of them inscribed by members of the Savage-Armstrong family, are cataloged as a part of the Clark Library's rare book collection under the call number prefix "Armstrong coll." and can be searched via the UCLA Library online catalog.

Biography

Poet and scholar George Francis Armstrong was born in Dublin in 1845 to Edmund John Armstrong and Jane Savage. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and later became a professor of history and English literature at Queen's College, Cork. His older brother, Edmund John (1841-1865) was a promising poet before his early death, and George compiled and published his brother's work in 1877. George's own first published poetical work appeared in 1869, beginning a long and very fertile career in print that continued up until his death in 1906. Though generally well-regarded at the time, he came under harsh criticism from Irish literary revivalists, particularly W.B. Yeats, and is now seen as a mostly marginal figure in Irish literature.
In 1879, George married Marie Elizabeth Wrixon. Their marriage produced two sons, Francis Savage Nesbitt (1880-1917) and John Raymond Savage (b. 1882), and a daughter, Arabella Guendolen (b. 1885). In 1891, with the death of a maternal aunt, he assumed the additional surname of Savage.
Francis S.N. Savage-Armstrong was educated at Shrewsbury School and went on to serve in the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment and 4th Mounted Infantry during the Second Boer War. He then served both at home and abroad before 1914, when as a Lieutenant-Colonel, he joined his regiment in France after the battle of Ypres. He was killed in action in France while serving as commander of a battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on April 23 1917, at the age of 36.
Raymond Savage-Armstrong also attended Shrewsbury School, entering at Easter Term in 1895 alongside his older brother. Raymond served during World War I as a captain in the 4th Battalion Leinster Regiment.
Guendolen Savage-Armstrong served as a nurse at the Richmond Military Hospital during World War I, and after this, was active in social settlement programs like the Hackney Girls' Club, the Pell Street Club and the Sandes Soldiers' Home at Derry. Her notebooks also show an intense interest and devotion to religious thought, particularly Christian Science and spiritual healing.

Scope and Content

The Savage-Armstrong Family Papers contain material created and collected by the Savage-Armstrongs and their extended family, dating from approximately 1821 to 1931. Most of the items are the products of George Francis Savage-Armstrong and his three children Francis, Raymond and Guendolen, but other unknown members of the family as well as cousin Edith-Althea Echlin are also represented. Materials include commonplace books, notebooks, World War I military service items, watercolors and photographs.
Many of the items listed in the container listing below are individual bound manuscripts, which are also cataloged separately in the UCLA Library catalog. Loose items, such as letters, offprints, and photographs originally laid in these bound items have been removed and are now housed separately in individual folders as described here.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into the following four series:
  • Series 1. George Francis Savage-Armstrong, (1845-1906), 1870-1901
  • Series 2. Guendolen Savage-Armstrong, (b. 1885), 1901-1931
  • Series 3. Francis Savage Nesbitt Savage-Armstrong (1880-1917) and John Raymond Savage-Armstrong (b. 1882), 1890-1918
  • Series 4. Extended Armstrong family members and family miscellany, 1821-1901, undated

Related Material

Armstrong collection of rare books. Armstrong coll., William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. (Cataloged individually in the UCLA Library online catalog)

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Echlin, Edith Althea, 1844-1927
Savage-Armstrong, Arabella Guendolen
Savage-Armstrong, Francis Savage Nesbitt, 1880-1917
Savage-Armstrong, George Francis, 1845-1906
Savage-Armstrong, John Raymond Savage, b. 1882
English poetry -- 19th century
Great Britain. Army -- Officers
Irish poetry -- 19th century
Voyages and travels -- 19th century

Genres and Forms

Commonplace books
Diaries
Notebooks
Photograph albums


Container List

 

Series 1. George Francis Savage-Armstrong, 1845-1906 1870-1901

Scope and Content Note

This series contains both manuscript and print items assembled by George Francis Savage-Armstrong, or related to his literary productions.
Call No. f MS.2001.005

[Photograph albums of European travel], George Francis Savage-Armstrong [ca. 1870]

Physical Description: 2 volumes ([80] ; [72] p.)

Scope and Content Note

Two volumes of photographs albums kept and captioned by George Francis Savage-Armstrong, perhaps during his European travels during the late 1860s-1880s. Most images are of European sites (particularly places in Italy), though there are also a significant number of images of Turkey and a few from Palestine. In later years, it appears the volumes may have been used as educational aids for his young sons.
box 1, folder 37

Notes on Burns and a portion of his "Epigram at Brownhill Inn," undated

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Scope and Content Note

In George Francis Savage-Armstrong's hand. Originally laid in his copy of The poetical works of Robert Burns, Armstrong coll. B967p.
box 1, folder 29

Presentation letter from John Pfeiffer, November 13, 1874

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in George Francis Savage-Armstrong's copy of Gerard's monument and other poems by Emily Pfeiffer, Armstrong coll. P526g.
box 1, folder 34

Pamphlet of press opinions on Ugone, [ca. 1870-1890]

Physical Description: 13 p.

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of Ugone, Armstrong coll. S263u, copy 2.
box 1, folder 35

Pamphlet of press opinions on Ugone, [ca. 1870-1890]

Physical Description: 13 p.

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of the 1892 edition of Ugone, Armstrong coll. S263u 1892.
box 1, folder 25

List of 23 books and a subscription to the Chaucer Society, undated

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of Edmund John Armstrong's copy of The Canterbury tales, Armstrong coll. C496c. Signed "George F. Armstrong" at end.
box 1, folder 24

Letter from Henry Bernard Carpenter, December 13, 1886

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of George Francis Savage-Armstrong's copy of Liber amoris : being the book of love of Brother Aurelius by Henry Bernard Carpenter, Armstrong coll. C295l 1887. With addressed, stamped, cancelled envelope, loose slip inscribed "With compliments of the author" and a newspaper clipping of Carpenter's obituary.
box 1, folder 1

Uncut pages from the appendices to George Francis Savage-Armstrong's Ancient and Noble Family of the Savages of the Ards ca. 1888

Physical Description: 36 p.

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of v. 1 of George Francis Savage-Armstrong's albums of European photographs (f MS.2001.005).
box 1, folder 2

"Works of George Francis Savage-Armstrong" pamphlet, printed by Longmans and Co. ca. 1890s

Physical Description: 20 p.

Scope and Content Note

With corrections to the listed prices. Originally laid in at the front of Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's 1910-1931 notebook (MS.2001.011).
box 1, folder 32

"Now Ready: The Poetical Works of George Francis Savage-Armstrong" pamphlets, printed by Longmans, Green and Co. ca. 1890s

Physical Description: 2 items, 4 p. each

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in Mephistopheles in broadcloth by George Francis Savage-Armstrong.
box 1, folder 33

"Now Ready: The Poetical Works of George Francis Savage-Armstrong" pamphlet, printed by Longmans, Green and Co. ca. 1890s

Physical Description: 4 p.

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in The tragedy of Israel, Volume 3, by George Francis Savage-Armstrong.
box 1, folder 27

Presentation letter from S.J. Adair Fitz-Gerald, May 1, 1893

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of George Francis Savage-Armstrong's copy of Ballads of a Bohemian by S. J. Adair Fitz-Gerald, Armstrong coll. F554b.
box 1, folder 30

Presentation letter from John James Piatt, July 15, 1894

Physical Description: 1 sheet and envelope

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in George Francis Savage-Armstrong's copy of Idyls and lyrics of the Ohio valley, by Piatt, Armstrong coll. P58i.
box 1, folder 28

Presentation letter from Arthur Stanley Megaw, August 14, 1894

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of George Francis Savage-Armstrong's copy of Ode in commemoration of the jubilee of Queen's College, Belfast by Megaw, Armstrong coll. M496o.
box 1, folder 26

Notes on "History, Sessional Examination," 1896

Physical Description: 2 sheets

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of George Francis Savage-Armstrong's copy of volume 1, The complete works in verse and prose of Samuel Daniel, edited by Alexander B. Grosart, Armstrong coll. D184c.
box 1, folder 3

Pamphlet advertising Ballads of Down by George Francis Savage-Armstrong 1901

Physical Description: 4 p.

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's 1910-1931 notebook (MS.2001.011).
box 1, folder 31

3 copies of a pamphlet advertising "Ballads of Down" by George Francis Savage-Armstrong 1901

Physical Description: 3 items, 4 p. each

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's copy of Ballads of Down.
box 1, folder 20

Printed bookmarks originally laid in George Francis Savage-Armstrong's copy of English men of letters. ca. 1902-1905

Physical Description: 2 bookmarks

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in George Francis Savage-Armstrong's copy of Ruskin by Harrison from the series English men of letters, cataloged in the Clark Library collection with the call number Armstrong coll. E58.
 

Series 2. Guendolen Savage-Armstrong, (b. 1885) 1901-1931

Scope and Content Note

This series contains manuscript and printed material created or collected by Arabella Guendolen Savage-Armstrong, the daughter of George Francis Savage-Armstrong. Materials include notebooks, commonplace books, letters and an autograph album, which are concerned with wide-ranging topics and events, such as World War I nursing, Christian Science, the social settlement movement, and poetry both comic and serious.
box 1, folder 15

Drawing of a man in a turban undated

Physical Description: 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Pencil drawing signed "A.S.A." Originally laid at p. 46 back of v. 2 of George Francis Savage-Armstrong's European photograph albums (f MS.2001.005).
Call No. MS.2001.013

Album, Guendolen Savage-Armstrong ca. 1901

Physical Description: [60] p., bound ; 23 cm.

Scope and Content Note

Commonplace book of Gwendolen Savage-Armstrong, containing passages and poems copied from the work of her father and other poets such as Cowper, Thomas Moore, Coleridge and Wordsworth. The first several pages are obscured at least partially by news clippings both pasted and tipped in. Many pages in the middle of the volume have been torn out raggedly, probably at an early date.
box 1, folder 4

Manuscript notes on Richard II undated

Physical Description: 14 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's 1910-1931 notebook (MS.2001.011).
box 1, folder 5

Manuscript copy of Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind" undated

Physical Description: 5 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's 1910-1931 notebook (MS.2001.011).
box 1, folder 6

Letter to Emily Ward and unaddressed letter, from Guendolen Savage-Armstrong 1911

Physical Description: 20 p.

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's 1910-1931 notebook (MS.2001.011).
box 1, folder 7

Photograph of a hospital ward ca. 1917

Physical Description: 1 photograph, 7.5 x 8.5 cm.

Scope and Content Note

Originally inserted loosely in Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's 1917 autograph album (MS.2001.010).
Call No. MS.2001.010

Autographs, Guendolen Savage-Armstrong 1917

Physical Description: [172] p., bound ; 18 x 20 cm.

Scope and Content Note

Autograph album presented to Guendolen Savage-Armstrong by the inmates of Ward A at the Richmond Military Hospital in 1917. Nearly all entries are dated from January and February of that year and consist of short verses, notes and some comic drawings by the soldiers apparently under her care in her role as a nurse.
box 1, folder 8

Federation of Working Girls' Clubs Intersession Paper ca. 1920s

Physical Description: 1 pamphlet

Scope and Content Note

Pamphlet containing prayers used at meetings of Working Girls' Clubs. Originally loosely inserted in Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's 1910-1931 notebook (MS.2001.011) at p. 52.
box 1, folder 9

Our Own Magazine, No. 509 February 1922

Physical Description: 8 p.

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's 1910-1931 notebook (MS.2001.011) at p. 78.
box 1, folder 10

Letter from Fannie Ball to Guendolen Savage-Armstrong 2 September 1925

Physical Description: 1 letter and 1 envelope

Scope and Content Note

Letter from a young girl, regarding religious improvement, and a Girls Club in London. It appears she may have acted as the Club's rector previously. Originally inserted loosely into Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's 1917 autograph album (MS.2001.010).
Call No. MS.2001.011

[Notebook], Arabella Guendolen Savage-Armstrong 1910-1931

Physical Description: [248] p., bound ; 23 cm.

Scope and Content Note

Notebook of Guendolen Savage-Armstrong dated from 1910 to 1931, and containing original comic poetry, transcriptions of outgoing correspodence, notes and texts of original addresses and sermons as well as passages and quotations from religious works. Guendolen apparently served as a nurse during World War I and worked after the war as a leader of social settlement and welfare programs like the Hackney Girls' Club, the Pell Street Club and the Sandes Soldiers' Home at Derry.
 

Series 3. Francis Savage Nesbitt Savage-Armstrong (1880-1917) and John Raymond Savage-Armstrong (b. 1882) 1890-1918

Scope and Content Note

This series contains manuscript and other material related to or created by George Francis Savage-Armstrong's two sons, Francis S.N. Savage-Armstrong and John Raymond Savage-Armstrong. Items include childhood drawings and schoolwork, documents related to their respective service in World War I, and other miscellaneous materials.
box 1, folder 11

Printed maps, 2 filled in by Raymond and Francis Savage-Armstrong respectively ca. 1880s

Physical Description: 3 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at front of v.2 of George Francis Savage-Armstrong's European photograph albums (f MS.2001.005).
box 1, folder 12

"Euclid Revised" title page, with ownership inscription of "F. Savage-Armstrong, School House" on the recto, and notes on geometry on the verso ca. 1895

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at the front of Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's 1910-1931 notebook (MS.2001.011).
box 1, folder 36

Receipt for purchase of Shrewsbury School Register, 1798-1898, 189-?

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Scope and Content Note

Invoice made out to "F. Savage-Armstrong." Originally laid in Francis Savage-Armstrong's copy of Shrewsbury School Register, 1798-1898, Armstrong coll. S561s.
box 1, folder 13

Photograph of John Raymond Savage-Armstrong 1915

Physical Description: 1 photograph

Scope and Content Note

With caption on verso: "Raymond, a few months before he was wounded on 'Hill 60' April 1915." Photograph by Brooke Hughes, Cork. Originally laid in at the back of v. 1 of George Francis Savage-Armstrong's European photograph albums (f MS.2001.005).
box 1, folder 14

Sick leave recommendation letter for John Raymond Savage-Armstrong 1915

Physical Description: 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in Raymond Savage-Armstrong's field message notebook (MS.2001.012).
Call No. MS.2001.012

[Notes and plans in field message book], John Raymond Savage-Armstrong ca. 1914-1918

Physical Description: 108 leaves, bound ; 18 cm.

Scope and Content Note

Military issue field notebook belonging to John Raymond Savage-Armstrong. The notebook contains his notes and lists pertaining to military operations and planning while serving as a Captain in the 4th Leinster Regiment.
Call No. MS.2001.015

[Notebook with rope ladder instructions and bird feathers], Francis Savage-Armstrong [19--?]

Physical Description: [164] p., bound ; 18 cm.

Scope and Content Note

Mostly blank notebook from the Savage-Armstrong family collection, containing bird feathers laid in on the first several pages, as well as a couple of pages (60-62) of diagrams and notes on constructing rope ladders, and a final page containing a Latin word list.
 

Series 4. Extended Armstrong family members and family miscellany 1821-1901, undated

Scope and Content Note

This series contains material related to members of the Savage-Armstrong's extended family as well as miscellaneous materials related to the family as a whole. The commonplace book of Edith-Althea Echlin Joy, the daughter of George Francis Savage-Armstrong's first cousin John Robert Echlin, is included as are other materials dating from the 1820s-1850s by other (known and unknown) members of the Savage-Armstrong family. Items include commonplace books, a photograph album and an album of watercolors, as well as brochures.
Call No. MS.2001.006

[Diary and commonplace book] 1821-1833

Physical Description: [180] p., bound ; 19 cm.

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript commonplace book and diary, dating from approximately 1821 to 1833. The volume appears to have been written by a female relative of George Francis Savage-Armstrong's mother-in-law, Ann Arabella Dawson Wrixon, as it mentions various Dawson family names and was apparently written in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, where her family lived. The volume contains both a diary kept daily from January 1, 1821 to February of that year, in addition to many pages of passages copied from poets and writers such as Byron, Moore, Southey and Henry Kirke White.
Call No. MS.2001.007

[Watercolor album of scenes in England, Ireland and Greece] 1828-1831

Physical Description: [48] p., bound ; 19 x 25 cm.

Scope and Content Note

An album of watercolors and pencil drawings of scenes in the Lake District, County Antrim and Greece by an unknown member of the Savage-Armstrong family. The volume appears to document several different trips over the period 1828-1831. Travels in the Lake District during August 1828 are the most well-documented, with several color watercolors as well as some monotone watercolor studies. There are fewer finished watercolors of Co. Antrim and of Greece, and more pencil studies of these locations. The drawings of Greece are of particular interest as they show multiple views of the Acropolis as it was during the artist's visit there in December 1830-January 1831.
box 1, folder 21

Manuscript leaf of notes on the New Testament by Edmund John Armstrong. between 1838-1865

Physical Description: 1 leaf.

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at leaf G-3 of Armstrong coll. B582b, Edmund John Armstrong's 1837 copy of the New Testament.
box 1, folder 16

Miscellaneous commonplace leaf ca. 1850

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

1 leaf, containing prayers on one side and a marbled pattern on the other. Originally laid in the front of Guendolen Savage-Armstrong's 1910-1931 notebook (MS.2001.011).
Call No. MS.2001.008

[Commonplace book], Edith-Althea Echlin 1868-1877

Physical Description: [40] p., bound ; 23 cm.

Scope and Content Note

Commonplace book of Edith-Althea Echlin, a cousin of George Francis Savage-Armstrong. Born in Co. Down, the daughter of Rev. John Robert Echlin, Edith-Althea married Rev. George Henry Joy in 1869 and spent the majority of her life in England. This volume contains poems copied both before and after her marriage, and includes works by Wordsworth, Marianne Farningham, F.S. Wilson, Caroline Bowles Southey and at least one original poem written by her husband before their marriage.
box 1, folder 19

Letter from Ann Arabella Dawson Wrixon to George Francis Savage-Armstrong, 18--?

Physical Description: [4] p. on one sheet

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in Armstrong coll. V365p, a copy of C.J. Vaughan's Plain words on Christian living presented to George Francis Savage-Armstrong by his mother-in-law Ann Arabella Dawson Wrixon. This letter is her formal presentation of this volume and (apparently) others to him.
box 1, folder 23

"In memoriam" funeral card for Ellen Jane Hodder, 1893

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in Armstrong coll. A437l, G.F. Savage-Armstrong's copy of Laurence Bloomfield or, rich and poor in Ireland by William Allingham.
Call No. MS.2001.009

Photographs. ca. 1901

Physical Description: [22] p., bound ; 14 x 14 cm.

Scope and Content Note

A photograph album, ca. 1901, from the collection of the Savage-Armstrong family. It is unclear which member of the family this album belonged to, though some of the captions on the versos of photographs name one of the pictured persons as "Edmund." Photographs show locations in and around Omagh, Northern Ireland, as well as locations in London and Kent, England. Some pictures apparently taken in Kensington Gardens show soldiers and guards in front of a tent encampment.
box 1, folder 22

Half leaf with manuscript music on five bars. undated

Physical Description: 1 torn leaf

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at p. 56 of Edmund John Armstrong's copy of Calmet's dictionary of the Holy Bible, Armstrong coll. C164d.
box 1, folder 18

Garden plan drawing 20th century

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in Armstrong coll. M662p, Edmund John Armstrong's copy of the Poetical works of John Milton.
box 1, folder 17

Brochures "for sale by public treaty" of Strangford House, Co. Down, former residence of the Savage-Armstrongs ca. mid-1900s?

Physical Description: 4 brochures

Scope and Content Note

Originally laid in at back of v. 1 of George Francis Savage-Armstrong's European photograph albums (f MS.2001.005).