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The Alice Roosevelt Longworth Collection of Photographs from the 1905 Taft Mission to Asia, 1905

Catalog Data

Longworth, Alice Roosevelt 1884-1980  Search this
McIntosh, Burr 1862-1942  Search this
Longworth, Alice Roosevelt 1884-1980  Search this
Taft, William H (William Howard) 1857-1930  Search this
Behre, Fred J. 1866-1941  Search this
Cixi Empress dowager of China 1835-1908  Search this
Meiji Emperor of Japan 1852-1912  Search this
Kojong King of Korea 1852-1919  Search this
Sunjong King of Korea 1874-1926  Search this
Physical description:
one album 42 leaves : unbound ; 38 x 52 cm
one album 8 leaves : Japanese bound cloth-covered boards with gilt edges ; 28 x 37 cm
one album 8 leaves : embroidered cloth-covered boards with gilt edges and silk endpapers ; 36 x 48 cm
one photographic portrait : in a 55 x 45 cm. frame ; image 23 x 17 cm
two signed photographic portraits : in elaborately carved frames, 44 x 34 cm. ; images 28 x 21 cm
two photographic portraits : in 48 x 40 cm. frames ; images 27 x 22 cm
one photographic portrait : in a 23 x 13 cm. frame ; 14 x 6 cm
one photographic print : loose ; 26 x 18 cm
Photographic prints
Collection descriptions
Photograph albums
Beijing (China)
Tokyo (Japan)
Hong Kong
On July 8, 1905, one of the first and largest U.S. foreign diplomatic delegations to Asia embarked from San Francisco on a three-month goodwill tour, stopping in Japan, the Philippines, and China. The delegation, under the leadership of then-Secretary of War William Howard Taft, included congressmen, senators, and a group of civilians--most notably, Alice Roosevelt, the oldest child of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. She was the only child of Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee, and in her day Alice Roosevelt was a media darling, known for her exploits and willingness to flout convention. In 1906, Alice married Congressman Nicholas Longworth (1869 -1931), who had also traveled with the delegation. Long a political fixture in Washington, Alice Longworth campaigned frequently for Republican Party candidates and wrote regular political columns. She temporarily became a Democrat during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Alice Longworth was known both for her caustic wit as well as her convivial dinner parties, two traits that gave her lasting influence and in later years earned her the title, "the other Washington Monument." Alice Roosevelt Longworth died on February 20, 1980, in her Embassy Row home in Washington.
Former collection of Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980). Gift of Joanna Sturm, granddaughter of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, 2009.
A collection of photographs and photographic albums obtained by Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, when she accompanied the Taft Mission to Asia in the summer of 1905. The collection contains 1.) One album of 8 leaves, embroidered cloth-covered boards with gilt edges and silk endpapers, 36 x 48 cm., containing 16 photographs of Alice Roosevelt during her stop in San Francisco, and on the passenger ship Manchuria, with the inscription "To Miss Alice Roosevelt: This Album of Photographs Taken by its Artists Is Presented by the San Francisco Call As a Souvenir of Her vist to the Philippines 1905." on the inside cover is an oil painted scene of a ship leaving San Francisco painted by the California artist Frederick John Behre (1863-1942); 2.) one album of 42 leaves, unbound, 38 x 52 cm., containing photographs of the Mission by American photographer Burr McIntosh, with the inscription "To Alice Lee Roosevelt in sincere admiration and appreciation of her generosity to the 'official photographer.' -- Burr McIntosh"; 3.) one album of 8 leaves, cloth-covered with gilt edges, 28 x 37 cm., containing photographs of a reception at Korakuen in Tokyo; 4.) one photographic portrait of the Empress Dowager Cixi, image 23 x 17 cm. in a 40 x 31 cm. frame; 5.) two signed photographic portraits, one each of the Meiji Emperor and Empress, images 28 x 21 cm. in elaborately carved frames, 44 x 34 cm.; 6.) two signed photographic portraits, one each of Emperor Gojong and Crown Prince Sunjong of Korea, images 27 x 22 cm. in 45 x 38 cm. frames; 7.) one photographic portrait of Japanese Foreign Minister Nagasaki Shò„go, by the Maruki Studio, Tokyo, 14 x 6 cm. in a 23 x 13 cm. frame, inscribed "Hon. Taft with sincere regards from his friend" above the image and signed "Michinori S. Nagasaki" below; 8.) Small matted print of American and Japanese audiences watching a Sumo demonstration at Korakuen in Tokyo, 6.8 x 16.3 cm., mounted on a board 22 x 31.5 cm; 9.) one loose photographic print of Alice Roosevelt and William H. Taft on the deck of the Manchuria, 26 x 18 cm.; 10.) one album of photographs of Nikko by the Hoshino studio in Nikko, with elaborately embroidered dragon cover, 27 x 38 cm.; 11.) accordian album of woodblock prints and descriptions of the whaling industry in Ikitsukishima in Nagasaki province, dated 1829, 23 x 34 cm.; 12.) album of various 19th century Japanese woodblock prints, 37 x 25.5 cm.; 13.) 73 picture postcards from the Kobe Picture Postcard Club, many handmade, addressed to President Roosevelt in appreciation of his efforts to obtain a peace treaty between Japan and Russia.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, 1050 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20013-7012
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Local number:
FSA A2009.02
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives