Guide to the Photograph Collection
This collection contains photographs of the Stout family and the related Schroeder and Langdon families. Most of the photographs, loose and in volumes, are portraits of various family members and friends. There are also many photographs of Henrietta Maria Schroeder Stout's gardens at "Charlecote," the Stout family home in Short Hills, N.J., as well as wedding and travel photographs.
Abigail (Nabby) Robbins (1783-1842) was the daughter of Stephen Robbins (1758-1847) and Abigail Winship (1759-1850) of Lexington, Mass. In 1809, she married Col. James Hooker Langdon (1783-1831) of Montpelier, Vt., and their son was James Robbins Langdon (1813-1895). He married Lucy Pomeroy Bowen (1814-1921) in 1836, and they had two daughters: Elizabeth W. Langdon (b. 1846) and Lucy Langdon (1841-1921). Lucy married Charles Francis Schroeder (1814-1886) in 1868.
Charles Francis Schroeder (1814-1886) was the son of Valentine Henry Schroeder (1787-1870) and Henrietta Maria Ghequiere (1790-1871). When he was young, he dropped his first name and was referred to as "Francis" or "Frank." Francis attended the famous Round Hill School in Northampton, Mass., under the tutelage of its principal, Dr. Joseph Cogswell, and entered Harvard at age 15. He was employed in a variety of positions during his life, including civil engineer, Charges d'Affaires under President Zachary Taylor, diplomat to Sweden, and superintendent of the Astor Library in New York. In 1847, he married Caroline Seaton (1824-1855), and the couple had two sons: Francis Ghequiere Seaton (b. 1847) and Seaton Schroeder (1849-1922). In 1855, Caroline Seaton Schroeder died, and Francis married his second wife, Lucy Langdon (1841-1921) in 1868. The couple had four children: James Langdon Schroeder (1869-1949); Lucy Langdon Schroeder (1870-1948); Henrietta Maria Schroeder (1875-1942); and Henry Schroeder (1879-1952).
In 1831, Sarah Ann Secor (1814-1875) married John G. Merrell (1806-1872). The couple had four children: Honora Frances Merrell (1836-1920); Isabel Merrell; Emily Virginia Merrell, who married Charles Anson Nash; and William S. Merrell. Honora married Charles Stout (1815-1889), and the couple had two children: Charles Herman Stout (1864-1928) and Frances Augusta Stout, who married William Howe Morrison.
Charles Hermann Stout (1864-1928) was president of the New York Trust Company. In 1899, he married Henrietta Maria Schroeder (1875-1942). The couple made their home, called "Charlecote," in Short Hills, N.J., a planned community created by developer Stewart Hartshorn. Henrietta was the author of The Amateur's Book of the Dahlia (1922) and kept a prize-winning garden at "Charlecote."
Merrell Langdon Stout (1903-1964) was the only child of Charles Herman Stout and Henrietta Maria Schroeder Stout. Merrell received his A.B. from Harvard in 1925 and an M.D. from Harvard University in 1931. He lived and practiced medicine in Baltimore, Md., where he became director of the Hospital for Women of Maryland in 1937, a position he kept until 1954. Merrell Langdon Stout married Helen Scarlett (b. 1903), and the couple had two children: Charles Langdon Stout (b. 1931) and Merrell Langdon Stout (b. 1936).
For more biographical information on the Stout and Schroeder families, see Hermann Heinrich Schröder, 1764-1893: The Bicentennial Celebration of His Arrival in America, October 12, 1783 in the Stout family papers (Ms. N–66).
This collection contains 811 photographs, including duplicates, in 8 boxes, 3 oversize boxes, and 2 volumes. These photographs were collected by the Charles Herman Stout family of Baltimore, Md.; they span the years ca. 1840-1966.
Most of the photographs in this collection are loose portraits of various members of the Stout family, as well as the related Bowen, Langdon, Merrell, and Schroeder families. Subjects include Charles Herman Stout, Helen Scarlett Stout, Henrietta Maria Schroeder Stout, and Merrell Langdon Stout (1903-1964), among many other family members, friends, and American public figures. The collection also contains loose photographs of views of various places of importance to the Stout family, especially of "Charlecote," the Charles Herman Stout family home in Short Hills, N.J., and Henrietta Maria Schroeder Stout's gardens on the premises. Some of the photographs of the gardens were taken by two celebrated American photographers, Jessie Tarbox Beals and Herbert Wendell Gleason, as well as Cora L. Hartshorn, the daughter of Stewart Hartshorn, developer of the Short Hills community. These views also contains photographs of ancestral family homes in Baltimore, Md. and Lexington, Mass., among other place. The loose photographs in this collection also contain photos of deep-sea fishing tournaments taken by LeRoy H. Dorsey of Chicago, Ill. in 1953 that were probably collected by Merrell Langdon Schroeder (b. 1931), as well as photographs of Helen Scarlett and Merrell Langdon Stout's wedding in 1929 and reproductions of portrait artwork of members of the Langdon, Schroeder, and other family relatives.
There are also two volumes of photographs in this collection. One volume contains carte de visite and tintype portraits that depict various members of the Langdon, Schroeder, and Stout families, taken ca. 1860-1910.. The other volume is a scrapbook that was kept by Lucy Langdon Schroeder on a tour of Europe in 1889-1890. The volume contains photographs and postcards of various places visited by her on her tour, including England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and possibly Germany. Many of the photographs in this volume were probably taken by Lucy Langdon Schroeder.
This collection contains carte de visite, cabinet cards, tintypes, one color slide, film photonegatives, and paper-based photographs. There are also several glass and cased portrait photographs of members of the Bowen, Langdon, Merrell, Schroeder, and Stout families, which are stored apart from the collection by format. These photographs include daguerreotypes (stored in Daguerreotype collection, Photo. Coll. 1), ambrotypes (stored in Ambrotype collection, Photo. Coll. 2), and opalotypes and one autochrome (stored in Miscellaneous glass photograph collection, Photo. Coll. 5). See the Detailed Description of the Collection for more information.
Other photographers represented in this collection include Bachrach, Floride Green, Harlow of Montpelier, Vt., Louise Greene of Morristown, N.J., and W. Burden Stage of New York, N.Y., among many others.
This collection was removed from the Stout family papers (Ms. N–66).
Detailed Description of the Collection
I. Loose photographs
A. Cased and glass photographs, ca. 1840-1932.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
NOTE: Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and miscellaneous glass photographs (including opalotypes and autochromes) are stored apart from the collection by format in: Daguerreotype collection (Photo. Coll. 1); Ambrotype collection (Photo. Coll. 2); and Miscellaneous glass photograph collection (Photo. Coll. 5). When requesting these cased and glass photographs, the reader should use these call numbers, listed below in bold, NOT Photo. Coll. 63.
Enclosed is a note in an unidentified hand that reads: "William Merrell. Father of John G. Merrell. Great Grand-father of Charles H. Stout. Buried in St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery."
B. Portraits, ca. 1860-1966.
Arranged alphabetically into two groups: Individual portraits and Group portraits.
This subseries contains loose portraits, both individual and group, of various members of the Bowen, Langdon, Schroeder, and Stout families. Subjects include Charles Herman Stout, Helen Scarlett Stout, Henrietta Maria Schroeder Stout, and Merrell Langdon Stout (1903-1964), among many others. Photographers include Bogardus and W. Burden Stage of New York, N.Y.; Harlow of Montpelier, Vt.; Floride Green; Louise Greene of Morristown, N.J.; and Josiah Johnson Hawes of Boston, Mass., among many others.
See also Series II. Oversize portraits.
See also Photo. #63.492.
Includes portraits of Charles Herman Stout in his military uniform ca. 1918 during World War I.
C. Views, ca. 1860-1954.
Arranged alphabetically by state.
This subseries includes photographs of "Charlecote," the Stout family home in Short Hills, N.J., taken ca. 1923-1954. Many of these photographs are of Henrietta Maria Schroeder Stout's gardens at Charlecote and include inscriptions on the verso about the plants and flowers pictured in each photograph. Many of the photographs were taken by Cora L. Hartshorn, daughter of Stewart Hartshorn, the developer of Short Hills. There is also at least one photograph of the gardens at Charlecote taken by the celebrated nature photographer Herbert Wendell Gleason of Boston, Mass.
See also Series II. Oversize views.
These negatives do not appear to relate to photographs of Charlecote that appear elsewhere in this subseries. Other negatives that correspond to photographs in the collection are stored with their matching print.
D. Fishing photographs, 1953.
This subseries contains photographs of deep-sea fishing contestants displaying their catches at various competitions in Mexico in 1953. Most of the photographs were taken by LeRoy H. Dorsey of Chicago, Ill. and were probably collected by Merrell Langdon Stout (b. 1936), himself a deep-sea fisherman.
E. Reproductions of portrait paintings
This series contains photograph reproductions of portrait paintings from the Frick Museum in New York. The portraits depict members of the Ghequire, Langdon, Merrell, and Schroeder families and were painted by C. P. Polk, R. M. Staigg, and other painters. The photographs were all taken by the Frick Art Reference Library and are undated.
F. Miscellaneous photographs
This subseries contains miscellaneous photographs of the medal that Henrietta Maria Schroeder Stout created for the American Dahlia Society, entitled, "Flora Blesses the Dahlias." The photographers are undated, and the photographer is unknown.
II. Oversize loose photographs
A. Oversize portraits, ca. 1880-1954.
Arranged into two groups: Individuals and Groups.
This subseries contains oversize loose portraits of both individuals and groups, most of which depict members of the Stout family, including Charles Herman Stout, Helen Scarlett Stout, Henrietta Maria Schroeder Stout, and Merrell Langdon Stout, among others. Photographers include Bachrach, Floride Green, Louise Greene, and W. Burden Stage of New York, N.Y.
See also Photos. #63.73a-b.
See also Photo. #63.88.
B. Oversize views, 1899-1933
Arranged alphabetically by state.
This subseries contains oversize views, most of which depict the interior, exterior, and gardens of "Charlecote," the Charles Herman Stout family home in Short Hills, N.J. Some of the photographs of the gardens were taken by celebrated American documentary photographer Jessie Tarbox Beals, most likely while she was working on illustrations for editions of Louise Sheldon's Beautiful Gardens in America in either 1915 or 1924. There is also one photograph of the Church of the Transfiguration in New York, N.Y., where Henrietta Maria Schroeder and Charles Herman Stout were married in 1899. The other photographers are unidentified.
C. Helen Scarlett Stout and Merrell Langdon Stout wedding photographs, 1929.
This subseries contains photographs of Helen Scarlett Stout, Merrell Langdon Stout, and their wedding party on the occasion of their marriage in June 1929. The photographer is illegible. Includes duplicate photographs.
III. Photographs in albums
A. Vol. 1. Schroeder family carte de visite album, ca. 1860-1910.
Arranged in the order in which the photographs appear in the volume.
This volume contains carte de visite and tintype portraits of various members of the Schroeder family, as well as the related Bowen, Gilliat, and Langdon families, various friends, and American public figures. Subjects include Elizabeth W. Schroeder, James Langdon Schroeder, Henrietta Maria Schroeder Stout, and Lucy Schroeder Swinnerton-Dyer, among many others. Photographers include Anderson of Richmond, Va.; Brady's National Photographic Portrait Galleries of New York, N.Y. and Washington, D.C.; Sarony & Co. of New York, N.Y.; and John Adams Whipple of Boston, Mass., among many others.
Either Henrietta Maria Gilliat (1841-1912), Grace Gilliat (1843-1922), or Ella Maude Gilliat (1845-1907).
Either Henrietta Maria Gilliat (1841-1912), Grace Gilliat (1843-1922), or Ella Maude Gilliat (1845-1907).
Inscription on verso: "Son of Admiral Rogers." Inscription on album page: ""Admiral Reynold's son?"
B. Vol. 2. Lucy Langdon Schroeder travel scrapbook, 1889-1890.
Arranged in the order in which the photographs appear in the album.
This volume contains photographs and postcards from Lucy Langdon Schroeder's tour of Europe in 1889-1890. All of the images depict places that she visited in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and possibly Germany. There are some photographs taken by commercial photographers, and the other photos may have been taken by Lucy. There are also photographs at the end of the volume that depict Lucy with her two daughters, Henrietta Maria Schroeder Stout and Lucy Schroeder Swinnerton-Dyer, and Henrietta's husband Charles Herman Stout, possibly at the Swinnerton-Dyer's home in England. Only the photographs in the volume are numbered. See also Box 8, which contains loose photographs removed from Vol. 2.
C. Loose photographs removed from Vol. 2, 1889-1890.
This subseries contains loose photographs that were found between the pages of Vol.2, Lucy Langdon Schroeder travel scrapbook. Most of the photographs depict places that Lucy visited on her tour of Europe in 1889-1890 and were probably taken by her; some of these photographs are identified. Also includes loose postcards and two sketches removed from the volume.
Stout family photographs, Photo. Coll. 63, Massachusetts Historical Society Photo Archives.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.