The American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006


This project was facilitated by Barbara Bair, historian, and Tim Stutz, digital library specialist and division liaison, Manuscript Division, Library Services, with the assistance of digital library specialists Christopher Copetas and Meg Mason of the Manuscript Division, and technical facilitation, database design and indexing by Christa Maher, Office of Strategic Initiatives, and Barak Stussman, Information Technology Services, Library of Congress.

Web design and editing by Colleen Byrne, information technology specialist, Web Services Division, Office of Strategic Initiatives.

Framework content by Barbara Bair. Digital coordination by Tim Stutz.

Advance planning for the site was conducted in collaboration with Helena Zinkham, chief; Phil Michel, digital conversion coordinator; Arden Alexander, senior cataloguing specialist; Verna Curtis, curator; and Anne Mitchell, digital library specialist, of the Prints and Photographs Division, Library Services; and with supervision from Michael Fitzella, digital media project coordinator, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Digital Futures, and Michael Neubert, supervisory digital projects specialist, Library Services.

All items presented in full from Part I of the Manuscript Division collection of the American Colony in Jerusalem collection were originally received by the Library of Congress in connection with the Library of Congress 2005 exhibition, “The American Colony in Jerusalem,” Ruth Hummel, guest curator, and Cheryl Regan, exhibition coordinator for the Library of Congress Interpretative Programs Office, through the aegis of Mrs. Valentine Vester of the American Colony Hotel, Jerusalem, and the Office of the Librarian of the Library of Congress.

Acquisitions for the American Colony in Jerusalem Collection were conducted by Barbara Bair, in coordination with Peter Stark, gifts and acquisitions specialist, U.S.-Anglo Acquisitions, and Emily Vartanian, assistant general counsel, and Hope O’Keeffe, supervisory attorney, Office of General Counsel. Receipt and archival processing of the collection by the Manuscript Division is supervised by Allan Teichroew, head, and Michael Spangler, assistant head, Preparation Section.

Rights and permissions review for this site was conducted by the Library of Congress Office of General Counsel.

Physical items in the collection were arranged and described by senior archivist Laura Kells, Preparation Section, Manuscript Division. Selection and bibliographic description for digital presentation by Barbara Bair.

Conservation review and treatment provided by conservator Lynn Kidder and preservation specialist for photography Dana Hemmenway, Conservation Division.

Scanning of photographic content was conducted by the Prints and Photographs Division, under the supervision of Phil Michel, with the added expertise and assistance of Arden Alexander and Anne Mitchell.

Scanning of the manuscript content was coordinated by Meg Mason and Tim Stutz and conducted under the supervision of Domenico Sergi, head, Digital Scanning Section, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Information and Technology Services, and Michael Fitzella of Digital Futures. On site scanning of manuscript materials was implemented by information technology specialist Ronnie Hawkins and Chris Pohlhaus, of the Digital Scan Center.

Quality review for this site was performed by Qun Lai, quality assurance specialist, Digital Futures, Office of Strategic Initiatives.

This site was created at the behest of the Office of the Librarian. Very special thanks to supervisors and senior administrators involved in making the site possible, including Janice E. Ruth, assistant chief, and James H. Hutson, chief, Manuscript Division; Jeremy Adamson, head, Collections and Services, Library Services; William Kellum, supervisory information technology specialist, Jim (Dimitrios) Karamanis, chief of web services, Digital Futures; and Elizabeth Dulabahn, director, Integration Management, Office of Strategic Initiatives.

Special thanks to all the members of the board of directors of the American Colony in Jerusalem, Ltd., donors of the collection to the Library of Congress, in particular board president Paul Vester and collection liaison on behalf of the board, Wendy Whiting Blome. This site is dedicated to the memory of Valentine Vester, who initiated the gift of American Colony materials to the Library of Congress.