Contents and Arrangement

Series 5: Sketches, 1919

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 5: Sketches, consists of a collection of fifty-eight pencil drawings of individuals whom Lansing encountered at the peace conference. Drawn in all but two instances on blank memoranda of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, they attest to the pleasure he derived from sketching and, quite possibly, to the tedium of the proceedings. Most of his sketches are unidentified. Among those that bear a name can be found the likenesses of Arthur James Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary, in a characteristic doze; Tasker Howard Bliss, a fellow member of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, and Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor.

The self portrait of Lansing was also drawn, according to the donor, in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles during the American Commission to Negotiate Peace. It was given to Thomas Hartig, who wrote a biography of Lansing for his dissertation, by a relative of Lansing's in Watertown, New York.


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Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Series 5: Sketches; Robert Lansing Papers, MC083, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 13