Cornell University Library Digital Collections

Kuzoki and staff at Seoul

About the collection

Willard Straight worked in Korea as a Reuters correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War and as a U.S. diplomat. He sketched Japanese and Russian soldiers and Korean people, and took numerous photographs of landscapes, urban scenes, cultural phenomena, historic events and people (both common and noble). Approximately 177 of his drawings, photographs and postcards comprise a remarkable collection that offers a rare example of western perspectives on Korea during the early 20th century.