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Collection American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870 to 2006

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  • Curtis, Verna Posever.  Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography.  New York and Washington, D.C.: Aperture and Library of Congress, 2011.
  • Dudman, Helga and Ruth Kark.  The American Colony: Scenes from a Jerusalem Saga.  Jerusalem: Carta, 1998.
  • Edström, Vivi,  Inger Larsson, and Margareta Jonth. Bron mellan Näs och Jerusalem. Näs: Ingmarsspelen/Lagerlöfstudier, 1996.
  • Geniesse, Jane Fletcher.  American Priestess: The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem.  New York; Doubleday/Nan A. Talese, 2008.
  • Gröndahl, Mia, with Gösta Flemming.  The Dream of Jerusalem: Lewis Larsson and the American Colony Photographers.  Stockholm: Journal, 2005.
  • Lagerlöf, Selma.  Jerusalem and The Holy City (Jerusalem II), (1902-3) various editions and translations (Doubleday edition 1915).
  • Larsson, Edith.  Dalafolk in the Holy Land.  Stockholm: Naturoch Culture, 1957.
  • Tviet, Odd Karsten. Anna's House: The American Colony in Jerusalem. Trans. by Peter Scott-Hansen. Nicosia, Cyprus: Rimal Publications, 2011.
  • Vester, Bertha Spafford. Our Jerusalem: An American Family in the Holy City, 1881–1949.  Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1950.
  • Vester, Valentine.  The American Colony Family Album.  Jerusalem: American Colony of Jerusalem, 2008.


  • Kark, Ruth. "Post Civil War American Communes: A Millenarian Utopian Commune Linking Chicago and Näs, Sweden, to Jerusalem."  Communal Societies 15 (1995): 75-113.
  • Kark, Ruth and Yaakov Ariel.  "Messianism, Holiness, Charisma, and Community: The American-Swedish Colony in Jerusalem, 1881-1933."  Church History 65, no. 4 (1996): 641-57.