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Rufus B. Sage papers

Call Number: WA MSS 414

Scope and Contents

The Rufus B. Sage Papers include correspondence of Rufus B. Sage's grandfather Elisha Sage, his father Rufus Sage, and other members of the family, concerning the family's personal affairs and life in Connecticut, 1789-1828. In addition, the collection consists of letters and papers of Rufus B. Sage about his life in Ohio, his travels in the West and the publication of his book, Scenes in the Rocky Mountains, and in Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, and the Grand Prairies.

One of the original poems in the collection, "Night on the Prairie," is printed in Scenes in the Rocky Mountains.

The collection consists of 108 letters and papers, 268 pages in all.


  • 1778 - 1864


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Rufus B. Sage papers collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Rufus B. Sage, 1817-1893

Rufus B. Sage left his home in Upper Middletown, Connecticut, in 1836 for Marietta, Ohio, where his sister Jerusha Sage Gear, lived. Except for the winter of 1837-38 when he was in West Virginia and made a voyage down the Ohio and Mississippi to Natchez and Fort Gibson, Sage spent most of the period between 1836 and 1840 in Marietta, Circleville, and Columbus, Ohio, where he engaged in the printing and newspaper business. In 1840, he decided to go to the Rocky Mountains and Oregon, and travelled with some friends to Independence, Missouri, to join a fur-trading party. The party left Independence on September 2, 1841, spent the winter in the mountains, returned to Independence, and went west again in 1842. By 1844, Sage was back in Ohio, editing The Whig Battering-Ram from August 9 to October 25 and preparing to write an account of his travels, which was published by Carey & Hart of Philadelphia in 1846 with the following title: Scenes in the Rocky Mountains, and in Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, and the Grand Prairies.

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This finding aid, created before the advent of computer-generated files, has been converted into a ASCII data file by means of scanning and Optical Character Recognition software. While attempts have been made to retain the complete information from the original document a number of format changes have been made to present the structure of this archive in accordance with current practice.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Guide to the Rufus B. Sage Papers
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Finding aid written in English.

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