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Stow Wengenroth Papers, 1882-1989

Identifier: MSS 423

Scope and Content Note

The collection is comprised of the professional and personal papers of Stow Wengenroth, an artist, author, and lithographer. The material is arranged in four series and the arrangement within each series is topical, except for the box of correspondence between Wengenroth and Harriet Matson Wengenroth, where original order was found and maintained.

Series I. Professional Life includes lithographs, contact sheets, and transparencies that were part of Wengenroth’s professional process as an artist. It also includes professional correspondence, catalogs, and exhibition brochures spanning Wengenroth’s career and clippings regarding Wengenroth’s exhibitions and professional life. There is a folder on his Farnsworth Summer 1968 Exhibition, which includes correspondence, exhibition catalogs, photographs of the show, and clippings regarding the same. There is a folder containing products with Wengenroth’s lithographs, including a menu for Child’s restaurant and Christmas cards of his design.

Series II. Personal Life includes correspondence, clippings, memorabilia, and blueprints. There is a folder of personal correspondence, which includes letters from friends and family. Numerous Christmas cards were received, including some illustrated by artist friends of the Wengenroths. The papers regarding early life include a reproduction photograph of a school play in which Wengenroth took part. Box 5 contains the courtship letters of Wengenroth and his second wife, Harriet Matson, over a span of four years. The letters have been maintained in their original order. The Wengenroths grouped some letters as favorites.

Series III. Photographs includes professional and personal images. One folder includes photographs of Wengenroth’s professional life, including photos of him at work on a lithograph. Box 6 contains Album, Volume 1, a small album of photographs of the Wengenroth family and Stow Wengenroth’s early life. The photographs from Maine depicting New England nature scenes provided inspiration for many of Wengenroth’s lithographs.

Series IV. Family Papers consists primarily of the papers of Stow Wengenroth’s wives, Edith Flack Ackley and Harriet Matson. Edith Flack Ackley’s collection includes her work on the Flack family genealogy, which includes a folder on the Greenport Literary Society in the 1890s. The obituaries folder includes laminated family obituaries for the Wengenroth family. Included are folders of Harriet Matson Wengenroth’s short story manuscripts written under various pseudonyms.


  • Creation: 1882-1989


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Box 11 is restricted due to the materials’ fragile condition.

Biographical Sketch

Stow Wengenroth was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 25, 1906. He was the son of Frederick Wengenroth, an inspector of navel aircraft, and Isabelle Stow Wengenroth, an artist. He studied at the Art Students League of New York in 1923 under George Bridgman, at the Grand Central Art School from 1925 to 1927 under Wayman Adams and at the Eastport Summer School of Art under George Pearse Ennis in 1929 to 1930. Ennis introduced Wengenroth to lithography, which became his primary medium. He produced 369 lithographs between 1931 and 1977. In the 1970s Wengenroth began to work in watercolors. Wengenroth was the recipient of many professional honors; he was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1938 and the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1942. His work has been collected by numerous institutions including the Peabody Essex Museum, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The Boston Public Library owns a complete set of his prints. He was the author of numerous books and articles on lithography.

Wengenroth married Edith Flack Ackley in 1936. They lived in New York City until the 1950s when they moved to Greenport, New York. Following Edith’s death in 1970, Wengenroth married Harriet Matson, of Rockport, Massachusetts, on July 18, 1974. They lived in Rockport until his death on January 22, 1978.

Edith Flack Ackley Wengenroth was born June 6, 1887, in Greenport, New York. She was a poet, puppeteer, doll maker, and author of books on making dolls and marionettes including A Doll Shop of Your Own and Marionettes: Easy to Make, Fun To Use. She died November 28, 1970.

Telka Ackley Beal, the daughter of Edith Flack Ackley Wengenroth and Floyd Nash Ackley, a jeweler, and stepdaughter of Stow Wengenroth, was born September 25, 1918. She attended the Arts Students League under Wengenroth's tutelage. She was prominent artist. She married William R. Beal, an actor, television producer, director, and artist, in 1942. They had one son, William Reynolds Beal III (Ren), and two daughters, Edith Beal Tuttle and Jennifer Beal Ober. She died January 19, 2005.

Harriet (Matson) Wengenroth was born September 25, 1906. She was married previously to Carl Matson. She was an author of short stories and a former Director of the Rockport Art Association. She married Stow Wengenroth on July 18, 1974. She died December 13, 1995.


8.25 linear feet (12 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is comprised of the professional and personal papers of Stow Wengenroth, an artist, author, and lithographer.

Series List

SERIES I. Professional Life

SERIES II. Personal Life

SERIES III. Photographs

SERIES IV. Family Life

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks


This collection was purchased in 2000 (acc # 2000.35).



Carmer, Carl Lamson. The Hudson. New York: Farrar & Rinehart Inc., 1939.

Tuttle, Edith. "Corrections to Stow Wengenroth Biographical Sketch." Message to the author. 25 June 2016. E-mail.

Wengenroth, Stow and McCord, David. Stow Wengenroth's New England. Barre, Mass.: Barre Publishers, 1969.

Wegenroth, Stow, Stuckey, Ronald and Stuckey, Joan. The Lithographs of Stow Wengenroth, 1931-1972. New York: Crown Publishers, 1974.

Wegenroth, Stow, Stuckey, Ronald and Stuckey, Joan. Stow Wengenroth's Lithographs: A Supplement. New York: Black Oak Publications, 1982.

Wengenroth, Stow. Making a Lithograph. New York: Studio Publications, 1936.

Related Collections

The Maritime department of the Peabody Essex Museum owns the following Wengenroth original works of art:

Lithograph/Print: "Along the Coast" (object ID M22717), "Lobster Pots" (object ID M22718), seascape (object ID M22725),

Print: "Along the Coast" (object ID M23677); and "Flocks Cove" (object ID M23679).

The Natural History department of the Peabody Essex Museum owns the following Wengenroth original work of art:

Print: "Wood Owl" (object ID 23010).

Please note these objects are part of the Museum collections and access to them is at the discretion of the department curatorial staff.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marika Cifor, November 2009. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, July 2016.

STOW WENGENROTH (1906-1978) PAPERS, 1882-1989
Processed by: Marika Cifor; Updated by: Tamara Gaydos; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rajkumar Natarajan.
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Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Peabody Essex Museum
306 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley MA 01969 USA