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.
American Colony, a non-denominational utopian Christian community was founded by a small group of American expatriates in Ottoman Palestine in 1881. The collection is a gift to the Library of Congress from the board of directors of the American Colony of Jerusalem, Ltd., which is made up of American, British, and Swedish descendants of the early colonists. The materials in the collection were initially retained by Bertha Vester in connection with her writing of the memoir Our Jerusalem (1950), and later by her daughter-in-law Valentine Vester and others at the American Colony Hotel. The collection focuses on the personal and business life of the colony from the waning years of the Ottoman Empire, through World War I and the British Mandate, and into the formation of the state of Israel. The bulk of the materials dates from 1870 to 1968 and relates to the leadership of the colony by members of the Spafford, Vester, and Whiting families.