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A. Duer Irving photograph collection

1919
 Collection
Identifier: 1973-347

Abstract

Alexander Duer Irving, Jr. (1873-1941) was assigned as a junior naval aide to President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) on his trip to the Paris Peace Conference, primarily because of his knowledge of French. He served with the rank of lieutenant under Wilson's personal physician, Admiral Cary T. Grayson (1878-1938). This small collection contains materials relating to his work while serving as aide to President Wilson during the Peace Conference in France, 1919.

Dates

  • 1919

Creator

Extent

19 item(s)

General Physical Description

19 photographic prints : b&w ; various sizes. 1 photo gravure : oversize.

Biographical Note

Alexander Duer Irving, Jr. (1873-1941) was assigned as a junior naval aide to President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) on his trip to the Paris Peace Conference, primarily because of his knowledge of French. He served with the rank of lieutenant under Wilson's personal physician, Admiral Cary T. Grayson (1878-1938).

In Paris Irving was assigned to handle presidential mail and do translations. He does not appear to have been in on negotiations. He had little direct contact with Wilson and saw more of Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) while in Paris. In May 1919 Irving was asked to translate French Primer Minister George Clemenceau's (1841-1929) letter for the Decoration Day ceremonies at the American Cemetery, and to read his translation before Wilson's two-day tour of the battlefields in Belgium.

Irving was born on May 24, 1873 the son of Alexander Duer Irving, Sr., and len Eugenia du Pont, and grandson of Henry du Pont (1812-1889).

Scope and Content

Materials primarily relate to the work of A. Duer Irving as aide to President Wilson during the 1919 Peace Conference in France. There are U.S. Army Signal Corps photographs showing general views of the Palace of Versailles, a photograph of Prime Minister Clemenceau addressing German delegates, a photograph of President Wilson at Longchamp Race Course, two photographs of President Wilson at an American cemetery in France on Memorial Day, 1919, and one page of photo gravures from a German newspaper. Also included are two portrait photographs of Irving.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
A. Duer Irving photograph collection
Status:
Online
Date:
2013
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
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