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Savage Family Papers

Identifier: mss-035

Scope and Content Note

The Savage Family Papers consist mainly of letters written to Reuben A. Savage and his wife, Elizabeth R. (Ladd) Savage by relatives and friends. The majority of letters were written between 1850 and 1890 with the highest concentration from 1860 to 1879. Most of the letters originated in New England, yet there is a significant number of letters from Baraboo, Wisconsin, where some of the Savages settled. The rest of the letters originated in such diverse places as Escondido, California; Lawrence, Kansas; and Metamora, Illinois.

Subject matter usually concerns the everyday life of the sender (weather, crops, health, etc.). As Reuben A. Savage was the deacon of the Congregational Church in Stowe for about 40 years (elected Sept. 24, 1854), there are many letters that deal with religious matters. There are also letters from soldiers from Stowe, Vt., during the Civil War.

The collection is arranged chronologically. An alphabetical list of all correspondents is available.


  • 1768-1902



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Collection includes primarily letters (1860-79) received by Reuben A. and Elizabeth R. Ladd Savage, residents of Stowe, Vt., from family members in New England, Baraboo, Wisconsin, Esondido, California, Lawrence, Kansas, and Metamora, Illinois, concerning everday life; includes a few civil War letters from Stowe men serving in the Army.


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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
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