Scope and Content
Title: Savage-Armstrong Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1821-1931
Collection number: MS.2001.014
11 bound volumes and 1 box
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.
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
[Identification of item], Savage-Armstrong Family Papers, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of
California, Los Angeles.
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
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
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
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,
Armstrong collection of rare books. Armstrong coll., William Andrews
Clark Memorial Library. (Cataloged individually in the UCLA Library
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Echlin, Edith Althea,
Francis Savage Nesbitt, 1880-1917
Savage-Armstrong, George Francis, 1845-1906
Raymond Savage, b. 1882
English poetry -- 19th
Great Britain. Army --
Irish poetry -- 19th
Voyages and travels -- 19th
Genres and Forms