Photos, Prints, Drawings Studio portraits of members of the American Colony (Jerusalem), friends, and associates

Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Department
Dates 1870
Location Jerusalem
Language English
Subjects (John David)
Albumen Prints
American Colony (Jerusalem)
Cabinet Photographs
Childhood & Youth
Gelatin Silver Prints
Group Portraits
Photograph Albums
Portrait Photographs
Spafford, Anna T.
Vester, Anna Grace
Vester, Bertha Spafford
Whiting, Grace Spafford
Whiting, John D.
ʻAlamī, Mūs
Studio portraits of members of the American Colony (Jerusalem), friends, and associates
Photographs show members of the American Colony, a Christian community in Jerusalem founded by immigrants from the United States and Sweden. Included are Anna Spafford with daughters Grace (Spafford) Whiting and Bertha (Spafford) Vester, Grace (Spafford) Whiting with Esrohee Krikorian, John D. Whiting and his sister Ruth with Flora (Naseef) Page, Grace (Spafford) Whiting, and Bertha (Spafford) Vester; David Whiting, Spafford Whiting, Jacob Spafford, adopted son of Horatio and Anna Spafford; Nellie (Nannie) with Horatio, Tanetta, and Anna Grace Vester; and portraits of the Spafford children who died in the shipwreck of the S.S. Ville de Havre in 1873. Also included are Faidi al-Alami (mayor of Jerusalem, 1906-1909) with his two children Na'amite and Musa Bey, Juad Husseini, Mary Hornstein, and two unidentified men wearing fezes.
Contributor Names
American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Department, photographer
Created / Published
[between 1870 and 1935]
Subject Headings
-  Whiting, Grace Spafford
-  Vester, Bertha Spafford,--1878-1968
-  Vester, Anna Grace
-  Spafford, Anna T.,--1842-1923
-  Whiting, John D.--(John David),--1882-1951
-  Palestine--History--1799-1917
-  ʻAlamī, Mūsá,--1897-1984--Childhood & youth
-  American Colony (Jerusalem)--People--1870-1940
-  Arabs--Palestine--1870-1940
-  Jerusalem--1870-1940
-  Palestine--History--1917-1948
-  Families--Jerusalem--1870-1940
-  Children--Jerusalem--1870-1940
Format Headings
Albumen prints--1870-1940.
Cabinet photographs--1870-1940.
Gelatin silver prints--1870-1940.
Group portraits--1870-1940.
Photograph albums--1870-1940.
Portrait photographs--1870-1940.
-  Some of the photographs were 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
-  Other photographers include Garabed Krikorian, Jerusalem; Harold Climo, St. John, New Brunswick; and Wilson, Chicago.
-  Album unpaginated, album page numbers supplied by Library staff. Pages 4-6, 13, and 24 are blank.
-  Album has brown leather cover with embossed leaf pattern.
-  Photographs include gelatin silver and albumen prints. Some are on cabinet card mounts.
-  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-2006:051:18)
1 album (27 photographic prints) ; 27 x 21 cm. (album)
Call Number
Source Collection
Visual materials from the papers of John D. Whiting
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id
ppmsca 18411 //
ppmsca 18410 //
Library of Congress Catalog Number
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ppmsca-18411 (digital files of original photos) LC-DIG-ppmsca-18410 (digital files of album pages)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Access Advisory
For reference access, please use the digital images in the online catalog to preserve the fragile original items.
Other Formats
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record
Catalog Record

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