Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Department
Dates 1900
Location Aleppo
Dead Sea
Extinct City
Middle East
Language English
Subjects Aleppo (Syria)
American Colony (Jerusalem)
Archaeological Sites
BaʻLabakk (Lebanon)
Cedar Trees
Damascus Gate (Jerusalem)
Dead Sea (Israel and Jordan)
Gelatin Silver Prints
Ḥamāh (Syria)
Middle East
Nazareth (Israel)
Petra (Extinct City)
Photograph Albums
Sinai (Egypt)
Spafford, Anna T.
Ḥamāh (Syria)
Photographs of Jerusalem and the Middle East
Photographs show locations in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Also shown are Bedouins and other indigenous people. (p. 1-20) Photographs include: arched street from Damascus Gate, Cotton Market street, rabbi with scroll and phylacteries, Dome of the Rock, and Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, a bust of a Bedouin, Bedouin woman, woman spinning wool, around the Dead Sea (Bahr Lut) including gateway and entrance to cave Jebel Usdum, salt stalactites in cave of Jebel Usdum, submerged forest at Chor el Mazraa, and gorge of the Arnon. (p. 21-35) Photographs include: Temple of el-Khazneh, mountains, high place altar, tomb, and Ed-Deir from the northwest, Petra (Jordan); Temple of the Sun, Temple of Bacchus, and detail of cornice at Ba'labakk (Lebanon); cedars in Lebanon, Hama (Syria), and waterwheel on Orontes River. (p. 36-49) Photographs include: castle in Aleppo (Syria), House of Naaman (Damascus), waterwheel at Hama (Syria), street in town (Syria), sarcophagus, Serai, Syria; caravan in the heart of the desert of el-Ka'a, oasis in Wady Feiran (Rephidim), Ras Safsaf (Mt. Sinai), monastery of St. Catherine, ancient method of entering monastery, looking northeast from Jebel Mousa, Wady Isleh, and Grand Canyon in Sinai, Egypt. (p. 50-70) Photographs include: Workers reaping barley harvest and eating, woman sifting wheat, man measuring wheat, Ramallah woman in embroidered costume, Arab girl from Ramallah, woman wearing dowry necklace, woman of Nazareth, sheep and shepherds, and Anna Spafford in American Colony courtyard, Jerusalem.
Contributor Names
American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Department, photographer
Created / Published
[between 1900 and 1940]
Subject Headings
-  Spafford, Anna T.,--1842-1923
-  American Colony (Jerusalem)--People--1930-1950
-  Damascus Gate (Jerusalem)--1900-1940
-  Bedouins--1900-1940.--Middle East
-  Arabs--1900-1940.--Middle East
-  Jews--1900-1940.--Middle East
-  Dead Sea (Israel and Jordan)--1900-1940
-  Petra (Extinct city)--1900-1940
-  Baʻlabakk (Lebanon)--1900-1940
-  Ḥamāh (Syria)--1900-1940
-  Aleppo (Syria)--1900-1940
-  Sinai (Egypt)--1900-1940
-  Nazareth (Israel)--1900-1940
-  Streets--1900-1940.--Jerusalem
-  Rabbis--1900-1940.--Jerusalem
-  Mosques--1900-1940.--Jerusalem
-  Minerals--1900-1940.--Israel
-  Cedar trees--1900-1940.--Lebanon
-  Sarcophagi--1900-1940.--Syria
-  Harvesting--1900-1940.--Middle East
-  Archaeological sites--1900-1940.--Middle East
Format Headings
Gelatin silver prints--1900-1940.
Photograph albums--1900-1940.
-  Most photographs in album printed from negatives made approximately 1900 to 1914.
-  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
-  Some photographs are hand-colored.
-  Blind stamp in bottom right or left corner on some photographs: American Colony, Jerusalem.
-  Stamped on front cover of album: J.D.W. [John David Whiting].
-  Captions based on similar images in the G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection.
-  LOT title devised by Library staff.
-  Album unpaginated, album page numbers supplied by Library staff. Pages 1, 2 and verso of each page 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-2006:051:31)
1 album (70 gelatin silver prints, some hand-colored) ; 30 x 40 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 18419
ppmsca 18418
Library of Congress Catalog Number
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ppmsca-18419 (digital files of original photos) LC-DIG-ppmsca-18418 (digital files of album pages)
Rights Advisory
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