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Francis Willoughby Frost papers and photographs

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 1733

Content Description

Correspondence, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, and others papers compiled by Francis Willoughby Frost relating primarily to travel while accompanying United States Secretary of War William Howard Taft on a 1905 diplomatic mission resulting in the Taft-Katsura Agreement. Locations visited include Manila, Philippines, and Tokyo, Japan.

Dates

  • 1878-1919
  • Majority of material found in 1905

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Francis Willoughby Frost Papers and Photographs is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Eric C. Besch, 2012.

Arrangement

Arranged into two series: I. Papers, 1899-1915. II. Photographs, Postcards, and Scrapbooks, 1878-1919.

Extent

5.58 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.fwfrostpapers

Overview

Correspondence, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, and others papers compiled by Francis Willoughby Frost relating primarily to travel while accompanying United States Secretary of War William Howard Taft on a 1905 diplomatic mission resulting in the Taft-Katsura Agreement. Locations visited include Manila, Philippines, and Tokyo, Japan.

Francis Willoughby Frost

Francis Willoughby Frost (1876-1935) of Chicago, Illinois, was the son of George Henry Frost (1838-1917) and Louisa Hunt Frost (1839-1923). He was employed by the Engineering News Publishing Company of New York.

In 1905, Frost accompanied United States Secretary of War William Howard Taft on a diplomatic mission to Asia that resulted in the Taft–Katsura Agreement. Frost left Taft's party after Beijing, China, and continued to travel for nine months before returning home to New Jersey.

Frost married Alice Birney Blackwell Frost (1881-1938) in 1907. The couple had two sons, Francis Willoughby Frost (1909-1992) and George Henry Frost (1914-1969).

The Taft–Katsura Agreement

The Taft–Katsura Agreement was a discussion between United States Secretary of War William Howard Taft and Japanese Prime Minister Count Katsura Tarō on 1905 July 27 regarding the position of the two nations in greater East Asian affairs (particularly regarding the status of Korea and the Philippines following Japan's victory during the Russo-Japanese War).

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards. For more information, please refer to the Beinecke Manuscript Unit Processing Manual.
Title
Guide to the Francis Willoughby Frost Papers and Photographs
Status
Completed
Author
Matthew Daniel Mason and Sarah Lerner
Date
June 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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Location

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New Haven, CT 06511

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Access Information

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