Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Dates 1900
Location BaʻLabakk
Middle East
Language English
Subjects (Gästgifvar Eric)
(John David)
American Colony (Jerusalem)
Archaeological Sites
Matson, G. Eric
Middle East
Whiting, John D.
Members of the American Colony (Jerusalem) and trips
Created / Published
[between 1900 and 1935]
Subject Headings
-  Whiting, John D.--1882-1951.--(John David)
-  Matson, G. Eric--1888-1977.--(Gästgifvar Eric)
-  Palestine--History--1799-1917
-  American Colony (Jerusalem)--People--1900-1940
-  Arabs--1900-1940.--Palestine
-  Jerusalem--1900-1940
-  Palestine--History--1917-1948
-  Children--1900-1940.--Palestine
-  Archaeological sites--1900-1940.--Lebanon--Baʻlabakk
-  Tourists--1900-1940.--Middle East
-  Mosques--1900-1940.--Israel--Tiberias
-  Mosques--1900-1940.--Syria--Damascus
-  Photographs show members of the American Colony, a Christian community in Jerusalem founded by immigrants from the United States and Sweden. Among people depicted are G. Eric Matson, John D. Whiting?, and others at Ain Farah (Ain Fara, West Bank) with cameras; Spafford Whiting fishing at Ain Farah, American Colony? children at outdoor drawing lesson, children with Arab woman in traditional dress reading newspapers, and man with scythe (Josef Larsson). Also portrayed are American Colony buildings and locations around the region such as the tomb of a Muslim saint at Sherefat (West Bank), Ain Kerem (Israel), sheep, shepherds, and picnics at Ain Farah; the mosque at Tiberias, the Great Mosque in Damascus, people visiting ruins at Baʻlabakk (Lebanon), fishermen on sea shore, tennis court and other buildings possibly at American University in Beirut, an aqueduct, and a sign commemorating the British and French occupation of Beirut and Tripoli.
-  No known restrictions on publication.
-  Photographs were probably created by the photographers of the American Colony Photo Department, located in Jerusalem. Founded in the late 1890s by Elijah Meyers, the photo agency was headed during its heyday (ca. 1903-1933) by Lewis Larsson, whose staff photographers included Erik Lind, Lars Lind, Furman Baldwin, and G. Eric Matson. It transitioned into the Matson Photo Service around 1940, with photography by Matson, Hanna Safieh, Joseph H. Giries, and others. John D. Whiting contributed periodically to the work of both agencies. For more information see: and
-  Album unpaginated, album page numbers supplied by Library staff. Pages 4, 8, 42, and 44 are blank.
-  Josef Larsson identified in: The dream of Jerusalem : Lewis Larsson and the American Colony photographers by Mia Gröndahl, p. 83.
-  LOT title devised by Library staff.
-  John D. Whiting's diaries, correspondence, and other materials are located in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division (Papers of John D. Whiting).
-  Forms part of: Visual materials from the papers of John D. Whiting (Library of Congress).
-  Transfer; Manuscript Division; 2006; (DLC/PP-2006:051:22)
1 album (103 photographic prints) ; 17 x 26 cm. (album)
Call Number
LOT 13849
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Library of Congress Catalog Number

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