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Collection Photo, Print, Drawing Visual materials from the papers of John D. Whiting John D. Whiting collection

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Title

  • Visual materials from the papers of John D. Whiting

Other Title

  • John D. Whiting collection

Summary

  • John D. Whiting, a member of the American Colony in Jerusalem, worked as a tour guide, businessman, writer, and photographer. Photograph albums show people, locations, and events in the Middle East generally from the 1890s to 1954. Two albums document Palestine (present day Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) and the Sinai during World War I, showing Ottoman/German and British military activities, as well as the early British Mandate period (LOTs 13827 and 13833). Other notable albums include images of British officials meeting with Arab leaders in Amman in 1921 (LOT 13834), a series of "Diaries in Photos" depicting scenes and events in Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey from 1934 to 1939 (LOTs 13836-13842), photographs of the Dead Sea and the Palestine Potash Company (LOT 13857), Bedouin life (13852), and an American Colony bazaar in 1954 (13850). One album of mostly hand-colored images depicts Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, and other locations (LOT 13846). Other albums contain primarily family photographs of John D. Whiting, his wife Grace (Spafford) Whiting, and their children as well as other American Colony members, especially the family of Bertha (Spafford) Vester (LOTs 13835, 13843-13845, 13848, 13849). Also depicted in the albums are friends and associates of the American Colony and others such as George Asfar, Esrohee Krikorian, Bedouin Sheik Majid, Faidi al-Alami, Consul-General Wadsworth, and Hussein al-Husseini. In addition to the albums, the collection includes several panoramic photographs of Jerusalem and Haifa (LOT 13892), cabinet card photographs by the Krikorian Studio (LOT 13872), stereographs (LOT 13883), and photographs of Jerusalem by Robertston & Beato (LOT 13882). Color transparencies and negatives show people and scenes in Palestine and Syria.

Names

  • Whiting, John D. (John David), 1882-1951, photographer
  • Matson, G. Eric (Gästgifvar Eric), 1888-1977, photographer
  • Larsson, Lewis, photographer
  • American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Department, photographer
  • Matson Photo Service, photographer

Created / Published

  • 1857-1954, bulk 1890-1951.

Headings

  • -  Palestine--History--1799-1917
  • -  Palestine--History--1917-1948
  • -  Whiting, John D.--(John David),--1882-1951--Family
  • -  Whiting, Grace Spafford--Family
  • -  Vester, Bertha Spafford,--1878-1968--Family
  • -  American Colony (Jerusalem)--People--1880-1960
  • -  World War, 1914-1918--Military life--Middle East
  • -  World War, 1914-1918--Medical aspects--Middle East
  • -  World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns & battles--Middle East
  • -  Americans--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Swedes--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Germans--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  British--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Christians--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Muslims--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Jews--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Bedouins--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Druzes--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Arabs--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Egypt--1850-1960
  • -  Lebanon--1850-1960
  • -  Syria--1850-1960
  • -  Israel--1850-1960
  • -  Jerusalem--1850-1960
  • -  West Bank--1850-1960
  • -  Gaza Strip--1850-1960
  • -  Jordan--1850-1960
  • -  Agriculture--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Archaeological sites--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Architecture--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Clothing & dress--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Health care--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Commerce--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Dwellings--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Politics & government--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Education--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Manners & customs--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Monuments & memorials--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Transportation--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Tourists--Middle East--1850-1960
  • -  Travel--Middle East--1850-1960

Headings

  • Aerial photographs--1850-1960.
  • Film negatives--1920-1960.
  • Film transparencies--1940-1960.
  • Landscape photographs--1850-1960.
  • Panoramic photographs--1850-1960.
  • Photograph albums--1850-1960.
  • Photographic prints--1850-1960.

Genre

  • Panoramic photographs--1850-1960
  • Aerial photographs--1850-1960
  • Landscape photographs--1850-1960
  • Photographic prints--1850-1960
  • Photograph albums--1850-1960
  • Film transparencies--1940-1960
  • Film negatives--1920-1960

Notes

  • -  Arrangement: Most photographic prints are mounted in albums and assigned call numbers: LOT 13827 and LOTs 13833-13859. Photographs not in albums are in LOTs 13871-13872, LOTs 13882-13883, LOT 13892, and LOT 13934. Book of hand-colored etchings by Francis B. Spilsbury is in P&P Case Y.
  • -  A book of hand-colored aquatints "Picturesque scenery in the Holy Land and Syria" by Francis B. Spilsbury is also included in the collection and found in Case Books.
  • -  About half of the photographs were taken by John D. Whiting. Many others were created by the American Colony Photo Department (1898-1940), which was located in Jerusalem and its successor firm, the Matson Photo Service (1940-1977), run by G. Eric and Edith Matson. Some photographs by the Krikorian Studio, Jerusalem, and other photographers are included. For information on the American Colony Photo Department and the Matson Photo Service see: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.matpc For information on the John D. Whiting Collection see: https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/629_whiting.html
  • -  Digitized images of most of the albums and some of the photographs along with their associated identifying information are available through the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ppoc
  • -  A supplementary archive (John D. Whiting Supplementary Archive) includes: typed and hand-written photograph logbooks and caption lists and transcriptions of captions from some albums.
  • -  Color transparencies and negatives are arranged as follows: LC-MISC-03-040 through 058 (color transparencies); LC-MISC-23-457 through 479 (nitrate negatives) and LC-MISC-13-049 through 054 (safety negatives). Reference prints of negatives and transparencies are found in LOT 13934.
  • -  Unprocessed visual materials include 134 botanical and landscape watercolor paintings by Grace Spafford Whiting.
  • -  John D. Whiting's diaries, correspondence, and other materials are located in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division (Papers of John D. Whiting).
  • -  Transfer; Manuscript Division; 2006; (DLC/PP-2006:051).

Medium

  • 28 albums (ca. 3,138 photographic prints) ; 31 x 41 cm. (12 x 16 in.) or smaller (albums)
  • 23 photographic prints ; 26 x 58 cm. (8 x 23 in.) or smaller
  • 29 negatives : safety and nitrate ; 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. or smaller.
  • 19 transparencies : color ; 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
  • 1 book ; 48 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Guide Record [P&P]

Source Collection

  • Whiting, John D. (John David), 1882-1951. John D. Whiting papers

Repository

Digital Id

  • ppmsca 38441 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.38441

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2008676355

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication.

Access Advisory

  • Due to safety regulations, nitrate negatives can't be served to the public.

Online Format

  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Whiting, John D, G. Eric Matson, Lewis Larsson, American Colony . Photo Department, and Matson Photo Service, photographer. Visual materials from the papers of John D. Whiting. Israel West Bank Egypt Gaza Strip Lebanon Jordan Middle East Palestine Syria Jerusalem, 1857. to 1954, Bulk 1890 to 1951. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008676355/.

APA citation style:

Whiting, J. D., Matson, G. E., Larsson, L., American Colony . Photo Department & Matson Photo Service, photographer. (1857) Visual materials from the papers of John D. Whiting. Israel West Bank Egypt Gaza Strip Lebanon Jordan Middle East Palestine Syria Jerusalem, 1857. to 1954, Bulk 1890 to 1951. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008676355/.

MLA citation style:

Whiting, John D, et al., photographer. Visual materials from the papers of John D. Whiting. to 1954, Bulk 1890 to 1951. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008676355/>.