SOONG Mei-Ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek) (1897-2003)
Madame Chiang Kai-shek : an archive of press photographs and ephemera from her 1943 American tour.
In 1943 China’s First Lady, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, conducted a speaking tour of the United States to lobby support for the Chinese Nationalists’ war effort against the invading Imperial Japanese Army. This archive, compiled by her secretary, V.K. Kwong, provides a comprehensive record of Madame Chiang’s private and public engagements during this tour, including the visit to her former alma mater, Wellesley College in Boston. Enormously popular in America since the 1930s, in 1943 her face appeared on the cover of Time magazine for the third time, and crowds of up to 30,000 came to her speak.
(I). [Various photographers]: 270+ black-and-white photographs, unmounted, including 78 press photographs in format 120 x 175 mm (San Francisco Chronicle or San Francisco News-Call Bulletin); 179 press photographs in format 250 x 205 mm (San Francisco Examiner and Los Angeles Times); 14 original prints by Gabriel Moulin in format 190 x 240 mm (Banquet in Honor of Her Excellency Madame Chiang Kai-shek, given by the City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce); the majority of the press photographs have wet stamps and typed labels or handwritten captions verso; a substantial number are duplicated, and a very small number have cropping marks; (II) a large format (350 x 270 mm) studio portrait photo of Madame Chiang by Hollywood glamour photographer Clarence Sinclair Bull (blind stamped; unmounted, damaged at the edges); (III) a mounted portrait photo of Madame Chiang and V.K. Kwong; (IV) a mounted portrait photo of Kwong by Sargent of Boston (multiple copies); (V) a copy of the official programme On the Occasion of the Address of Madame Chiang Kai-shek to the People of Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl, Sunday, April Fourth, Nineteen Forty-three (quarto,  pp, cover portrait); (VI) an anonymous Press Wireless Inc. journalist’s pen and ink sketch of Madame Chiang in profile, captioned ‘1943 – Madame Chiang tour’.