Alexander Duer Irving Jr. photographsCreation: 1919
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.
- Creation: 1919
- Irving, Alexander Duer, 1873-1941 (Person)
19 photographic prints : b&w ; various sizes. 1 photo gravure : oversize.
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. (1842-1910), and Ellen Eugenia du Pont (1842-1876), and grandson of Henry du Pont (1812-1889).
Scope and Content
Materials primarily relate to the work of Alexander Duer Irving Jr. 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.
This collection is open for research.
Language of Materials
Alexander Duer Irving Jr. papers (Accession 1403), Manuscript and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.
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- Alexander Duer Irving Jr. photographs
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