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Riley Cooper Savage Diaries

Identifier: WASH-042

Scope and Contents

This collection contains four diaries from Riley Cooper Savage’s mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from November 3, 1895 to November 10, 1898. He served in the Southern States Mission from Wilmington, Delaware to Vicksburg, Mississippi. The four diaries are handwritten in small leather bound record books in sequential order. Savage started a new book when the last one was completely filled. The final item in the collection is the transcription of the diaries compiled into one comb bound book transcribed by Carol N. Christensen. It is also available as a digital word document.

These diaries cover his daily duties and activities as a LDS missionary including the weather, how far they walked, and where they ate and slept. It also mentions whom they talked to at each stop.


  • 1895-11-17 - 1898-11-10

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open and freely available to researchers during Special Collection’s hours or by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.

Biographical / Historical

Riley Cooper Savage was born July 16, 1872 in Toquerville, Utah. He was the second son of a plural marriage between his father, Levi Savage Jr., and his father's fourth wife, Mary Ann Cooper Savage. Between 1895 and 1898, he served his mission in the Southern States. The diaries show his mission started in Wilmington, Delaware. In the last entry on November 10, 1898, Savage and his companion were in Vicksburg, Mississippi when they were set to return to Salt Lake City. After his return to Southern Utah in late 1898, Savage gave an address during the St. George Stake Conference and was appointed a home missionary for Harmony, Utah. He would continue to serve as a home missionary for several areas. Savage married Mary Eveline in 1904 and together they had five children. In 1923, Savage built a home in Leeds, Utah. In 1942, Savage was appointed chairman of a sorghum plan subcommittee of the Church stake welfare committee. On May 25, 1954 Savage passed away after an accident and is buried in St. George, Utah.


.5 Cubic Feet (1 standard document case.)

Language of Materials



Riley C. Savage’s diaries are from his LDS mission, which he served in 1895-1898 in the Southern States Mission and covered areas from Wilmington, Delaware to Vicksburg, Mississippi.


This collection is arranged in chronological order with the transcription of the diaries the last item in the collection.
Riley Cooper Savage Diaries
Tracey O'Kelly
April 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Dixie State University Special Collections and Archives Repository

330 Holland Centennial Commons
225 South 700 East
Saint George 84770 United States