“Vive la France et l’Amerique.”
July 4, 1918
Clay Judson Papers – Additions
Gift of Frances Shaw and Susan Moon, 2009.
Nine-year old Françoise de Velisle presented her colored pencil and ink drawing to American Expeditionary Force officer Clay Judson at July 4th celebrations in a nearby French town. Judson enclosed it in a letter about the festivities to his mother, Alice Clay Judson of Chicago, noting: “Yesterday we had one of the most touching celebrations I’ve ever witnessed. France literally opened her arms to America – and this was shown not only by official actions but by the individuals.” The letter and drawing are part of a major addition to the library’s Clay Judson Papers. They contain Judson’s World War I correspondence, firsthand reports on the Russian Revolution by his diplomat father William Voorhees Judson, an album of Clay Judson’s Panama Canal construction photographs, and a childhood scrapbook containing an 1839 letter from his ancestor Henry Clay.