Format Manuscripts/Mixed Material
Contributors American Colony
Vester, Bertha Spafford
Dates 1881
Location Chicago
United States
Language English
Subjects American Colony Band
American Colony in Jerusalem
American Protestantism
Christian Socialism
Lagerlöf, Selma Ottiliana Lovisa
Merrill, Selah
Religious Pilgrimages
Spafford, Anna T.
Spafford, Horatio G.
Swedish Members
Vester, Bertha Spafford
Whiting, John D. (John David)
Whiting, Mary C.
Whiting, Ruth
Scrapbook of articles about the American Colony, and loose enclosures
Contributor Names
American Colony (Creator)
Vester, Bertha Spafford, 1878-1968 (Creator)
Created / Published
1881 to 1928
Subject Headings
-  American Colony in Jerusalem--Swedish members
-  American Colony in Jerusalem
-  American Protestantism
-  Christian socialism
-  Jerusalem--Religious pilgrimages
-  Whiting, Mary C
-  Whiting, John D. (John David), 1882-1951
-  Whiting, Ruth
-  Merrill, Selah, 1837-1909
-  Spafford, Anna T., 1842-1923
-  Spafford, Horatio G., 1828-1888
-  Lagerlöf, Selma Ottiliana Lovisa, 1858-1940
-  American Colony Band
-  Vester, Bertha Spafford, 1879-1968
-  Manuscripts
-  Clippings
-  United States -- Illinois -- Chicago
-  Palestine -- Jerusalem
-  Sweden
-  Bound scrapbook of clippings bulk ca. 1881-1928, with loose enclosures. Re Horatio Gates Spafford and the "Overcomers" in Illinois prior to going to Jerusalem; the writing by Spafford of "It Is Well With My Soul"; the founding of the American Colony and the basis in scripture; difficulties of the colonists with American Consul Selah Merrill; the death of Horatio Gates Spafford; the Whiting trial in Chicago (custody trial in which Mary C. Whiting was challenged for custody of her children, Ruth Whiting [later Goldenthal] and John D. Whiting, over an inheritance in the family, on question of suitability of the American Colony as a community in which to raise children); Anna Spafford's testimony and the testimony of others in the Whiting custody trial in Chicago; the American Colony's victory in the trial; the beliefs and principles and funding of the American Colony; the addition of Swedish members at the American Colony; the American Colony's new home outside the Old City (1890s); further controversies with American Consul Wallace; life at the Colony in the 1920s; the Vesters' trip to America in 1922; an offprint of Selma Lagerlöf's "Address to the Universal Christian Conference on Life and Work. Stockholm, 1925"; and articles on the American Colony from various Scandanavian papers.
-  Clippings and transcripts of articles are from Appleton's Magazine;The Baptist; the Boston Daily Advertizer; the Boston Evening Globe; the Chicago Daily Tribune; The Chicago Evening Journal; The Chicago Evening Post; the Christian Age; the Christian Century; The Christian Herald and Signs of Our Times; the Daily Intelligencer; the Daily Inter-Ocean; the Harvey Tribune-Citizen; The Independent; the London Daily Mail; the Los Angeles Times; the Messiah's Herald; the New York Evening Post; the Philadelphia Press; The Prophetic Age; the Ram's Horn; the Restitution; the Troy Daily Times; Vaart Land (Stockholm]; the Weekly Dispatch (England); and other sources, as well as unknown sources.
-  Loose items include a black & white photographic print of the American Colony Band (musicians with their instruments).
scrapbook 13 3/4" x 10" closed
Call Number
Part I, OV 2 & 3: American Colony in Jerusalem
Source Collection
American Colony in Jerusalem Collection
Manuscript Division
Digital Id

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