Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Department
Dates 1880
Location Jerusalem
Language English
Subjects (John David)
20th Century
Albumen Prints
American Colony (Jerusalem)
Anna Baby Home
Cabinet Photographs
Cartes De Visite
Gelatin Silver Prints
Group Portraits
Photograph Albums
Portrait Photographs
Spafford, Anna T.
Vester, Bertha Spafford
Whiting, Grace Spafford
Whiting, John D.
Whiting, Ruth
Portraits of the Whiting and Spafford families and other members of the American Colony (Jerusalem)
Photographs show members of the American Colony, a Christian community in Jerusalem founded by immigrants from the United States and Sweden. Includes photographs of American Colony leader Anna Spafford, her husband Horatio, their daughters Bertha (Spafford) Vester and Grace (Spafford) Whiting, John D. Whiting (husband of Grace), Ruth Whiting (sister of John), and grandsons David, Spafford, and Edmund Whiting. Also includes photographs of various American Colony members and the sitting room at the "Baby Home" (Old House). Album page image number 3-15 (p. 3-15) Photographs include: Portraits of Anna Spafford, Horatio Spafford, Grace Whiting and Bertha Vester as young girls, group portrait (Bertha, Flora (Naseef ) Page, Ellen Anderson, John D. Whiting, Ruth Whiting); William Rudy, Ruth Whiting and Grace Whiting as young girls, Bertha Spafford, and Anna Spafford (print). Portraits of American Colony members include: Amelia Elizabeth Gould, Mrs. Yantis, William Rudy, Joanna Brooks, Mirriam Adams, Edward Baldwin, Enor Shelberg, Otis Page, Olaf Lind, Jacob Spafford, Hanna and Nellie Olson, Nanny and Tilly Holstrom, Henwood (three American sisters), Carry and Tilly Holstrom with two little boys, Ava Anderson (hand-colored photograph), and Swedish group from Dalarna remaining in American Colony, May 10, 1946 (see similar image: LC-M33-13543-A). Album page image number 16-23 (p. 19-26) Photographs include: Levy family portrait (Mrs., Nils, and Clarence), Dinsmore family portrait (Rachel, John, and Mary), Elias and Emelia Habbib, Yantis family portrait (Jesse, Annita, "Dorethy" and two babies), group portrait (Edward Baldwin, Norman, Furman, and two unidentified individuals), Goldenthal family portrait (Ruth Whiting, Morris, and son), Ruth Whiting, and Mrs. Strand. Album page image number 24-28 (p. 38-45) Photographs include: Sitting room in "Baby House" of American Colony with Bertha Vester seated at the table, Anna Spafford with David, Spafford, and Edmund Whiting (baby); portrait of John D. Whiting, and four unidentified young women.
Created / Published
[between 1880 and 1946]
Subject Headings
-  Spafford, Anna T.,--1842-1923
-  Vester, Bertha Spafford,--1878-1968
-  Whiting, Ruth
-  Whiting, Grace Spafford
-  Whiting, John D.--1882-1951.--(John David)
-  Jerusalem--History--20th century
-  Palestine--History--1799-1917
-  Anna Baby Home--1880-1950
-  American Colony (Jerusalem)--People--1880-1950
-  Families--1880-1950.--Jerusalem
Format Headings
Albumen prints--1880-1950.
Cabinet photographs--1880-1950.
Cartes de visite--1880-1950.
Gelatin silver prints--1880-1950.
Group portraits--1880-1950.
Photograph albums--1880-1950.
Portrait photographs--1880-1950.
-  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.
-  Image of Bertha Vester in sitting room of "Baby House" identified by caption in: The American Colony, Helga Dudman and Ruth Kark, p. 7.
-  Some photographs are captioned.
-  Most photographs are gelatin silver prints. One photograph is hand-colored. Other processes include: halftone photomechanical prints, albumen prints, and printing-out paper prints.
-  Includes some cabinet photographs and cartes de visites.
-  Cover of album is red cloth with metal corner plates and escutcheon.
-  LOT title devised by Library staff.
-  Album unpaginated, album page numbers supplied by Library staff. Pages 14-16 and 25-35 are blank.
-  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.
-  Transfer;--Manuscript Division;--2006;--(DLC/PP-2006:051:19)
1 album (43 photographic prints) ; 22 x 28 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 18413
ppmsca 18412
Library of Congress Catalog Number
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ppmsca-18413 (digital files of original photos) LC-DIG-ppmsca-18412 (digital files of album pages)
Rights Advisory
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