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A. Duer Irving photograph collection

Accession 1973.347

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, A. Duer Irving photograph collection (Accession 1973.347), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: A. Duer Irving photograph collection
Dates: 1919
Accession Number: 1973.347
Creator: Irving, Alexander Duer, 1873-1941
Extent: 19.0 items
Physical Description: 19 photographic prints : b&w ; various sizes. 1 photo gravure : oversize.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Alexander Duer Irving, Jr. (1873-1941) was assigned as a junior naval aide to President Wilson 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. This small collection contains materials relating to his work while serving as aide to President Wilson during the Peace Conference in France, 1919.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Alexander Duer Irving, Jr., was born on May 24, 1873, and died on February 7, 1941. He was the son of Alexander Duer Irving, Sr., and Ellen Eugenia du Pont, and grandson of Henry du Pont (1812-1889.)

Irving was assigned as a junior naval aide to President Wilson 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. 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 while in Paris. In May 1919 Irving was asked to translate Clemenceau's 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.

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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 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 2 portrait photographs of Irving.

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Access Points

Irving, A. Duer, Mrs.
Paris Peace Conference (1919).
Treaty of Versailles
Wilson, Woodrow, President of United States
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box
GL 3 Paris Peace Conference and surrounding activities; 17 photographic prints : b&w ; various sizes. 1 postcard.
Box
DF 7 Two portraits of A. Duer Irving; one page of photo gravures