Henry A Wallace’s Soviet Asia Mission

This collection of candid snapshots from Vice President Henry A. Wallace’s 50 day 1944 tour of the Soviet Union and Asia documents the towns and cities he visited, as well as his interactions with everyday people and prestigious leaders.

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Vice President Henry A. Wallace with Soviet and American servicemen in Velkal, his first stop in the Soviet Union.

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Henry A. Wallace examining Soviet oat varieties.

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Henry A. Wallace visiting with miners during a tour stop in Siberia.

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Henry A. Wallace doing some hands-on work during his tour of Siberia.

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Vice President Henry A. Wallace was greeted with music and performances throughout his tour. In this photo he’s shown enjoying a musical performance by young women in what is likely Uzbekistan.

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Henry A. Wallace in traditional Northeast Asian garb, likely gifted to him by one of his hosts on his tour.

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Photograph of one of the performances the Vice President enjoyed on his tour.

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Photograph of one of the performances the Vice President enjoyed on his tour.

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Vice President Henry A. Wallace meeting Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shiek, whom Wallace called “The Generalissimo.”

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Vice President Henry A. Wallace meeting Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shiek, whom Wallace called “The Generalissimo.”