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Finding Aid for the Savage-Armstrong Family Papers 1821-1931, undated
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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
    Photograph albums