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F. Coulton Waugh Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: DB
Date: Mar 1978

Biographical History

Frederick Coulton Waugh (1896-1973) was a British born artist, cartoonist, textile designer, and author.

Coulton Waugh was born on March 10, 1896 in Cornwall, England. He was the third generation of artistic Waughs. His grandfather, Samuel Bell Waugh, was a prosperous portrait painter in Philadelphia. His father, Frederick Judd Waugh, was a distinguished marine painter.

In 1907 the Waugh family moved to America. Coulton studied at the Art Students League in New York with George Bridgeman, Frank Dumond and John Carlson. By 1916 Coulton was making his living by textile designing. In 1918 he married Elizabeth Jenkinson and three years later the couple moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts. There they operated a model ship and hooked rug shop for eleven years.

Coulton Waugh has written the book Painting With a Knife and numerous other articles on painting and painting techniques. He has exhibited his works at the National Academy of Design and Carnegie Institute and his paintings can be found in the permanent collections of museums in Iowa, Ohio and New York.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The F. Coulton Waugh Papers are arranged in seven series: Artwork, Biographical Data, Family, Photographs, Printed Material and Writings. The collection includes material about Waugh and his family. A portion of the items in this collection are dated according to F. Coulton Waugh's description of the items.

The Artwork (circa 1908-1932) series consists of different types of work done by Waugh, including illustrations, postcards, prints, and magazine cover designs.

The Biographical Data (undated) series contains Waugh's own notes on his life and explanations of specific items contained in this collection.

The Family (1896-1953) series contains work from Waugh's wife, Elizabeth Waugh, his father, Frederick Judd Waugh, and his grandfather, Samuel Bell Waugh. From Elizabeth Waugh there is her book Collecting Hooked Rugs , from 1927, and some background from F. Coulton Waugh. There are original drawings from Frederick Judd Waugh, including some drawings from Cornwall, England (1896-1906), Ex-Libris drawing (1898) and an article from Look magazine (1953). Samuel Bell Waugh's original artwork is from around 1830.

The Photographs series (1881-1966) includes some family portraits and photos. A large portion of the series contains photos from F. Coulton Waugh's Provincetown Period (1921-1932), including his house that was originally built in 1740 and described as the "oldest home in Provincetown."

Printed Material (1919-1969) consists of newspaper excerpts, posters, textile designs and a large collection of maps and prints of ships. Designed maps include the locations of: Cape Cod; Florida; Saint Pauls School in Concord; New Hampshire; Parts Unknown; the Hudson River; New York, Long Island and the Coast of Connecticut. While the majority of the map reproductions have Coulton Waugh's signature, some of the map prints and assortment of ship prints may be not be designed by Waugh. There are also some notes from Waugh about specific items.

Writings (1913-1928) contains Waugh's personal notebook from 1913 to 1919, notes on navigation, and Motivations a typed work by Waugh.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Collecting Hooked Rugs by Elizabeth Waugh was removed from the collection and transferred to Rare Books.

Radical Views by Russell Brandt was removed from the collection and transferred to the American Radicalism Ephemera collection.

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Waugh, Coulton, 1896-1973.
Waugh, Elizabeth Dey Jenkinson, 1894-1944.
Waugh, Frederick Judd, 1861-1940.
Waugh, Samuel Bell.


Art, American -- 20th century.
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Illustrators -- United States.
Lithographers -- United States.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Drawings (visual works)
Maps (documents)
Notes (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

F. Coulton Waugh Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of F. Coulton Waugh, 1969-1970

Table of Contents


Biographical data



Printed material