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World War I and the British Mandate in Palestine
Photographs show people and events in Palestine (present day Israel and the West Bank) and Jordan between 1917 and 1926, focusing on World War I, the British capture and occupation of Jerusalem, and the early British Mandate period. Album page image number 1 to 16 (p. 1-15): Photographs from 1917 including: trenches and ruins of mosque on Nebi Samuel, an aerial view of Jerusalem, Mayor of Jerusalem Hussein al-Husseini with white flag of surrender with British officers, miltary camp on Mount Scopus, portraits of British officers and soldiers including Brigadier General Watson, General Allenby walking through the Jaffa Gate, and the reading of the Proclamation of Martial Law in Jerusalem. Album page image number 17 to 31 (p. 16-30) : Photographs from 1917 and 1918 including: Turkish dead being buried at Tell el Ful, British military positions, Turkish military defenses near the Dead Sea, British engineers and German prisoners with a boat, the Duke of Connaught decorating General Allenby in Barracks Square (the Kishle), Jerusalem; the Allenby Bridge over the River Jordan, the Nebi Musa celebration, a water pumping station at Ain Arub, General Allenby at the American Colony, and German and Turkish prisoners of war. Album page image number 32 to 46 (p. 31-45): Photographs from 1918 to 1920 including: German and Turkish prisoners of war, renovation of the Church of Nativity, a light railway in Jerusalem, demonstrations in Jerusalem for the capture of Damascus, Australian military camps and activities, bells ringing for Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918; military parade with General Shea on anniversary of surrender of Jerusalem, the American Colony Orphanage, General Watson, Lady Watson, and Colonel Storrs at a Y.M.C.A. fete; the opening of a weaving business, anti-Zionist demonstrations, and the Nebi Musa procession. Album page image number 47 to 61 (p. 46-60): Photographs from 1920 including: the British military cemetery on Mt. Scopus, the Arab riots of 1920, an American Colony reception for Gen. Bols and Dr. Glazebrook, and British High Commissioner Sir Herbert Samuel arriving at Jaffa, receiving notables in Jerusalem, and visiting Haifa, Rishon le Zion (Rishon le-Tsiyon), Ascalon (Ashḳelon), Salṭ, and Amman. Album page image number 62 to 76 (p. 61-75): Photographs from 1920 and 1921 including: the battleship Emperor of India at Jaffa, reception of High Commissioner Sir Herbert Samuel at Rishon le Zion (Rishon le-Tsiyon), Jerusalem in the snow, the funerals of the Grand Mufti and Princess Elizabeth of Russia, tree planting ceremony on Mount Scopus at site of Hebrew University with Winston Churchill, reception for Chuchill at Government House with guests Emir Abdullah, Sir Wyndham Deedes, T.E. Lawrence, and Mr. and Mrs. Vester; Sir Herbert Samuel and Emir Abdullah in Transjordan, and the aerodrome at Amman with Bedouin and Circassian chiefs. Album page image number 77 to 91 (p. 76-90): Photographs mostly from 1921 to 1925 including: the ship Iron Duke, the enthronement of the Armenian Patriarch in Jerusalem, King Feisal (Faysal) of Iraq with Emir Abdullah at Amman, King Hussein in Amman, American tourists in Haifa, Cardinal O'Connell's visit to Haifa and Jerusalem, the laying of the foundation stone for Hebrew University (1918), and Lord Balfour's visit during the opening of Hebrew University and reaction of Arabs to his visit. Album page image number 92 to 102 (p. 91-104): Photographs from 1925 to 1926 including: Sir Herbert Samuel's address at the opening of Hebrew University, Lord Balfour visiting Tel-Aviv, Rishon le Zion (Rishon le-Tsiyon), and Mikwe Israel (Miḳṿeh Yiśraʾel); British High Commissioner Lord Plumer and Lady Plumer, the French High Commissioner of Syria, Henry de Jouvenal; the British War Cemetery, Damascus after French bombing, and the opening of the Ain Farah water supply.
Contributor Names
American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Department, photographer
Whiting, John D. (John David), 1882-1951, photographer
Larsson, Lewis, photographer
Matson, G. Eric (Gästgifvar Eric), 1888-1977, photographer
Created / Published
[between 1917 and 1926]
Subject Headings
-  Samuel, Herbert Louis Samuel,--Viscount,--1870-1963
-  Allenby, Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby,--Viscount,--1861-1936
-  Lawrence, T. E.--(Thomas Edward),--1888-1935
-  Churchill, Winston,--1874-1965
-  Balfour, Arthur James Balfour,--Earl of,--1848-1930
-  Abdullah,--King of Jordan,--1882-1951
-  Palestine--History--Arab riots, 1920
-  Palestine--History--1917-1948
-  American Colony (Jerusalem)--1910-1930
-  World War, 1914-1918--Palestine
-  British--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Christians--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Muslims--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Jews--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Arabs--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Israel--1910-1930
-  Jerusalem--1910-1930
-  West Bank--1910-1930
-  Jordan--1910-1930
-  Military facilities--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Military personnel--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Government officials--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Architecture--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Politics & government--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Rites & ceremonies--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Monuments & memorials--Palestine--1910-1930
-  Aerial bombings--Syria--Damascus--1910-1930
Format Headings
Gelatin silver prints--1910-1930.
Group portraits--1910-1930.
Landscape photographs--1910-1930.
Photograph albums--1910-1930.
Portrait photographs--1910-1930.
Portrait photographs--1910-1930
Group portraits--1910-1930
Photograph albums--1910-1930
Landscape photographs--1910-1930
Gelatin silver prints--1910-1930
-  Arrangement: Photographs arranged chronologically.
-  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
-  Inscription on inside cover: "With all good wishes to dear Grace & John from Edith & Eric". Album was probably compiled by G. Eric and Edith Matson as a gift to John and Grace Whiting.
-  Album unpaginated, album page numbers supplied by Library staff. Pages 66, 77, 83, 103, 105, 107-111 are blank.
-  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-2006:051:28)
1 album (291 gelatin silver prints) ; 28 x 40 cm. (album)
Call Number/Physical Location
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 13291 //
ppmsca 13290 //
Library of Congress Control Number
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ppmsca-13291 (digital files of original photos) LC-DIG-ppmsca-13290 (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.
Online Format
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Library of Congress Online Catalog
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American Colony . Photo Department, John D Whiting, Lewis Larsson, and G. Eric Matson, photographer. World War I and the British Mandate in Palestine. [between and 1926, 1917] Online Text. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed July 25, 2016.)

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American Colony . Photo Department, Whiting, J. D., Larsson, L. & Matson, G. E., photographer. (1917) World War I and the British Mandate in Palestine. [between and 1926] [Online Text] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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American Colony . Photo Department, et al., photographer. World War I and the British Mandate in Palestine. [between and 1926, 1917] Online Text. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.