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Savage-Alford families photograph collection

Call Number: RH PH 59


This collection contains photographs of the Savage and Alford families of Lawrence, Kansas, as well as photographs of individuals from the Gilett, Cady, and Hauscomb families. Many of the images are portraits taken at Lawrence-based studios, but there are also more informal shots and images of the Savage family home in Douglas County. Most of the photographs are undated.


  • approximately 1860-1916

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Savage family

Forrest Savage, born September 27, 1826 in Hartford, Vermont, was the son of William and Polly (Hazen) Savage, the Savages having been early English settlers in Connecticut. Forrest had two older siblings, Maria, who married a Hood, and Joseph.

In March 1849, Forrest Savage married Lydia Greely Worth in New Hampshire, who had been born in 1830. In 1854, Savage came out to Kansas as part of the second party of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, in 1856 pre-empting and settling on land a few miles south of Lawrence. In Kansas he formed part of the first musical band in the territory, and he continued to play music through the Civil War and afterward, including at Lawrence's Congregational Church, of which he was a member.

Forrest and Lydia Savage had four children: William, Emma, May or Mary, and Frank. Forrest's brother Joseph, who also came to Kansas during the territorial period, married Amanda B. Crandal, with whom he had one daughter, Susan Daphne, born in 1850. Susan married Daniel Stillman Alford, and they had six children: Alfred Cecil (who was the first Kansas casualty in the Spanish-American War), Anna Mary, Donald Stillman, Joseph Savage, Theodore Crandall, and Sylvia Daphne.

Forrest Savage died in August 1915, the last survivor of the second New England Emigrant Aid Company party. His wife Lydia had died in 1914.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Physical Location

RH PH 59

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Savage Family, 1985.

Related Materials

Nellie McGurdy scrapbook, RH MS D239, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Savage-Alford Families Collection
Savage-Alford families photograph collection
Finding aid prepared by sfw, 1985. Finding aid encoded by rw, 2008. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2018.
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Savage-Alford families photograph collection, RH PH 59, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States