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Oleg Grabar papers, 1898-2009

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Grabar (Oleg) Papers
Series I. Fieldwork and site documentation, 1927-2002, undated 10 Linear Feet (20 boxes, 1 flatfile folder)
Comprised of notes, photographs and other documentation Series I records Grabar's on-site work from throughout his career. Included here are the records of his excavations at Qasr al-Minya (Khirbet Minyeh) in Israel and Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi in Syria, as well as his detailed studies at Khirbat al-Mafjar in Palestine and Qusayr 'Amra in Jordan. Also included in this series are the notes and photographs from the dozens of study trips Grabar took, from the beginning of his career into his retirement.
Early in his career, Oleg Grabar conducted excavations and detailed on-site studies related to Umayyad art and architecture, especially Umayyad "palaces." In 1959 Grabar excavated at Qasr al-Minya. Although not the first excavation at the site, Grabar's work established the stratigraphy of the site and documented a later Mamluk occupation phase. Subsequently, Grabar directed the University of Michigan campaign at Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi for five seasons (1964, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971), excavating and publishing the huge commercial center which served as a meeting point for the settled and the nomadic peoples of the area. While a fellow at the American School of Oriental Research (ASOR) in Jerusalem in 1954, Grabar conducted a detailed study of the paintings at Khirbat al-Mafjar near Jericho and contributed the section on the paintings for the final site publication. Grabar also conducted extensive studies of the paintings at Qusayr 'Amra, producing an unpublished article-length typescript.
Grabar's study trip documentation is much broader, spanning the entire Muslim world, both geographically and chronologically. This is especially true of the thousands of photographs recording sites and objects taken by Grabar, which form the bulk of this series. Amongst the notebooks preserved here, the documentation of the 1956 University of Michigan reconnaissance mission to the Middle East led by George Forsyth is especially valuable to scholars. The itinerary of the extended trip included Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and parts of Turkey, as well as Libya and the Sinai. Although the specific purpose of the expedition was to scout for potential excavation sites for the University and establish contacts with the local archaeological authorities, it also inadvertently became a broad survey of the sites and architecture of the Jezireh in the mid-twentieth century.
Arrangement
Arranged by topic.
Excavations and detailed on-site studies, 1927-2002
Qasr al-Minya (Khirbet Minyeh), 1959-1971
Includes background research, budget, general notes, field notes, photographs, drawings, object inventory, publication materials, correspondence, and offprints.
box folder
1 1-6 General
flatfile
1** Oversize prints of plans and elevations
Includes list of plans and 1971 letter from Jean Perrot.
box folder
119 1 Color slides
box folder
2 3-5 Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi, 1927-1993, undated
Includes sections of typescript text drafts, a letter from Klaus Brisch regarding the Umayyad remains at Djebel Seis, research and offprints, notes, photographs.
2 1-2 Khirbat al-Mafjar, 1947-1974, undated
Includes notes, sketches, photographs, letters received from R.W. Hamilton, offprints and guidebook.
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3-4 Qusayr 'Amra, 1952-2002
box folder
3 1-4 Papers
Includes Grabar's field notes, photocopy of the typescript of Grabar's unpublished text "The Paintings at Qusayr Amrah: The Private Art of an Umayyad Prince," letters from Garth Fowden and drafts of sections of Fowden's work on the site, letters from and concerning Claude Vibert-Guigue, offprints and photocopies.
box
4 Black-and-white photographs
box folder
119 2 Color slides
Documentation of site surveys and study travel, 1953-2001, undated
Notebooks, 1955-1974
box folder
6 1 Spain, 1955
box folder
5 1 Michigan survey, 1956 Spring
5 2-6 Jazirah, 1956-1960
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6 2 Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Iran, 1960-1961
6 3-5 Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, 1972-1973
6 6 Jordan, 1974
Photographic documentation, 1953-2001, undated
Grabar's photographic documentation falls into three groups: sets of negatives, usually with contact sheets; photographic prints mounted in albums; and loose photographic prints. There is a certain amount of overlap among these groups. The negatives are both medium format and 35mm and are arranged in several numbered sets. The large numbered sequence of 35mm negatives, Set 1, appears to be a later cumulative system, since many of the rolls also have an alternate numbering. Most of the photographs were taken by Grabar, but some were taken by Fred Anderegg, who was associated with the University of Michigan. The identifications and dates below are taken from notes on contact sheets or negative sleeves, but sometimes appear to be inconsistent.
Negatives, 1960-2001, undated
Numbered sets of 35mm negatives, 1960-2001, undated
Set 1: Negatives and contact sheets, 1960-2001, undated
0-5. Jordan: Qusayr 'Amra, undated
box folder
7 1 Contact sheets
box folder
115 1 Negatives
9. Lebanon: 'Anjar, undated
box folder
7 1 Contact sheet
box folder
115 1 Negatives
10. Turkey: Istanbul, museum; Edirne, 1968
box folder
7 1 Contact sheet
box folder
115 1 Negatives
11. Turkey: Edirne; Iznik, 1968
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7 1 Contact sheet
box folder
115 1 Negatives
12. Turkey: Edirne, 1968
box folder
7 1 Contact sheet
box folder
115 1 Negatives
13. Syria: Rusafa, 1966
box folder
7 1 Contact sheet
box folder
115 1 Negatives
14. Iran: Tehrān, museum, 1960-1961
box folder
7 1 Contact sheet
box folder
115 1 Negatives
box folder
7 1 15. Iran: Tehrān, museum; Isfahan, Masjid-i Jami'-i Isfahan (Great Mosque), 1960-1961
Contact sheet only.
7 1 16. Iran: Isfahan, Great Mosque, Seljuk section, 1960-1961
Contact sheet only.
17. Iran: Isfahan, Seljuk mosque and bridges, 1960-1961
box folder
7 1 Contact sheet
box folder
115 1 Negatives
18. Iran: Isfahan, mostly Safavid monuments, 1960-1961
box folder
7 1 Contact sheet
box folder
115 1 Negatives
19. Iran: Isfahan, Safavid, 1960-1961
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7 1 Contact sheet
box folder
115 1 Negatives
20. Iran: Isfahan, Safavid; Tehrān, museum, 1960-1961
box folder
7 1 Contact sheet
box folder
115 1 Negatives
21. Iran: Tehrān, museum; Persepolis, 1960-1961
box folder
7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
22. Iran: Persepolis; Isfahan bridges; Naqsh-i-Rajab; Naqsh-i-Rustam; Tehrān, museum, 1960-1961
box folder
7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
23. Iran: Varamin; Zaware (Zavareh), 1960-1961
box folder
7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
24. Iran: Zaware; Ardestan, 1960-1961
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7 2 Contact sheet
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115 2 Negatives
25. Iran: Ardestan; Isfahan, 1960-1961
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7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
26. Iran: Ardestan; Na'in; Isfahan, 1960-1961
Contact sheet misnumbered 27.
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7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
27. Iran: Na'in. Jordan: Jerash, Nabatean sculpture, 1960-1961
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7 2 Contact sheets
box folder
115 2 Negatives
28. Jordan: Moab; Jerash, undated
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7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
29. Syria: Qasr Rabbah; Damascus; Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi, sculpture, 1960-1961
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7 data_value_missing_d3e9227a5158a2244f0d3eb0592f9844 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
30. Syria: Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi; Crac des Chevaliers; Damascus. Lebanon: 'Anjar, 1960-1961
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7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
31. Lebanon: 'Anjar. Syria: Jabal Says, undated
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7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
32. Syria: Jabal Says; Bosra, undated
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7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
33. Syria: Bosra. Jerusalem, undated
Contact sheet misnumbered 35.
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7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
34. Palestine: Khirbat al-Mafjar, sculpture, undated
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7 2 Contact sheet
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115 2 Negatives
36. Palestine: Khirbat al-Mafjar. Israel: Qasr al-Minya. Jordan: Qusayr 'Amra, undated
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7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
37. Jordan: Qasr al-Mshatta, Qasr al-Qastal, undated
box folder
7 2 Contact sheet
box folder
115 2 Negatives
115 3 38. Spain: Córdoba, undated
Negatives only.
115 3 39. Spain: Toledo, undated
Negatives only.
115 3 40. Spain: Córdoba, undated
Negatives only.
115 3 41. Spain: Córdoba; Granada, undated
Negatives only.
115 3 42. Spain: Seville; Zaragoza, undated
Negatives only.
43. Egypt: Cairo. Syria: Rusafa; Qal'a Sim'an, undated
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7 3 Contact sheets
box folder
115 3 Negatives
44. Jordan: Qusayr 'Amra, paintings, undated
box folder
7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
45. Jordan: Qusayr 'Amra; Qasr al-Mshatta; Qasr al 'Uwaynid, undated
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7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
46. Jordan: Hammam al-Sarakh; Azraq; Qasr al-Kharana; Qasr al-Tuba, undated
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7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
47. Jordan: Qasr al-Tuba; Bayir; Qasr al-Mshatta, undated
box folder
7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
48. Jordan: Qasr al-Mshatta; Qasr al-Muwaqqar; Mshash; Khan al-Zabib, undated
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7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
49. Jordan: Khan al-Zabib; Humayma; Aqaba, undated
Contact sheet misnumbered 44.
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7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
50. Jordan: Petra; Udruh, undated
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7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
51. Jordan: Shawbak. Syria: Christian, undated
box folder
7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
52. Syria: Halabiya; Jeradeh; Balis, undated
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7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
53. Syria: Balis, 1960-1961
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7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
54. Syria: Balis; Jeradeh; Zelebiya, 1960-1961
box folder
7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
55. Syria: Zelebiya; Rahba, 1960-1961
box folder
7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
56. Syria: Palmyra; Aleppo, citadel, 1960-1961
box folder
7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
57. Syria: Aleppo, citadel, 1960-1961
box folder
7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
58. Jordan: Amman, museum, undated
box folder
7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
59. Jerusalem: Al-Aqsa, wood carvings, undated
box folder
7 3 Contact sheet
box folder
115 3 Negatives
60. Egypt: Cairo, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
61. Egypt: Cairo, Jami' al-Azhar (Al-Azhar Mosque), Madrasat wa-Qubbat wa-Bimaristan al-Sultan Qalawun (Sultan Qala'un Funerary Complex), undated
Contact sheet mislabeled as 62.
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
62. Egypt: Cairo, Masjid al-Sultan Hasan (Sultan al-Nasir Hasan Funerary Complex), Masjid al-Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala'un (Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala'un Mosque at the Citadel), Masjid al-Juyushi (al-Juyushi Mosque), undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
63. Egypt: Cairo, Masjid al-Juyushi (al-Juyushi Mosque), Masjid al-Sultan Qaytbay (Sultan Qaytbay Funerary Complex at the Northern Cemetery), undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
64. Egypt: Cairo, Khanqah al-Nasir Faraj ibn Barquq (Sultan Faraj ibn Barquq Funerary Complex at the Northern Cemetery), Qubba wa-Khanqah wa-Madrasa al-Sultan al-Ashraf Inal (Sultan al-Ashraf Inal Complex at the Northern Cemetery), Bab al-Futuh, Madrasa wa-Qubbat al-Salih Najm al-Din Ayyub, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
65. Egypt: Cairo, Jami' al-Sultan al-Mu'ayyad Shaykh, Jami' al-Aqmar, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
66. Egypt: Cairo, museum, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
67. Egypt: Cairo, museum; Fatamid mausolea, undated
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7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
68. Egypt: Cairo, mausolea. Jerusalem: Haram, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
69. Jordan: Qusayr 'Amra, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
70. Jerusalem: Golden Gate, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
71. Unidentified, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
72. Syria: Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
73. Morocco: Rabat, undated
Negatives mislabeled as Aleppo.
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
box folder
7 4 74. Iran, undated
Contact sheet only.
75. Syria: Bosra. Lebanon: Tyre, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
76. Jerusalem, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
77. Jerusalem, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
78. Jerusalem, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
79. Jerusalem, undated
box folder
7 4 Contact sheet
box folder
115 4 Negatives
80. Iran: Sarakhs; Ribat-i Mahi; Ribat-i Sharaf; Khusrawgird (Sabzavar), undated
box folder
7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
81. Iran: Bastam; Damghan, undated
box folder
7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
82. Iran: Radkan, Tus, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
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116 1 Negatives
83. Iran: Taybad, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
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116 1 Negatives
84. Iran: Sultaniya, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
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116 1 Negatives
85. Iran: Forumad, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
86. Iran: [illegible], undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
87. Iran: Torbat-i Jam, Mashhad, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
88. Iran: Zuzan, Torbat Heydariyeh, Mashhad, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
89. Iran: Ribat-i Sharaf, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
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116 1 Negatives
90. Iran: Mashhad, Sang Bast, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
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116 1 Negatives
91. Iran. Sang Bast, [illegible], Radkan, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
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116 1 Negatives
92. Uzbekistan: Khiva, [illegible], undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
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116 1 Negatives
93. Afghanistan: Ghazni, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
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116 1 Negatives
94. Afghanistan: Herat, Gazargah, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
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116 1 Negatives
95. Afghanistan: Herat, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
96. Afghanistan: Balkh, Bamiyan, undated
box folder
7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
97. Uzbekistan: Samarkand, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
98. Uzbekistan: Samarkand, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
99. Uzbekistan: Bukhara, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
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116 1 Negatives
100. Uzbekistan: Samarkand, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
101. Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Tashkent. Iran: Semnan, undated
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7 5 Contact sheet
box folder
116 1 Negatives
102-106. Spain: Granada, Alhambra, undated
box folder
7 6 Contact sheets
box folder
116 2 Negatives
107-108. China: Beijing, undated
box folder
7 7 Contact sheets
box folder
116 3 Negatives
109-110. China: Xian, undated
box folder
7 7 Contact sheet
box folder
116 3 Negatives
111. China: Turfan, undated
box folder
7 7 Contact sheet
box folder
116 3 Negatives
112-113. China: Kashi, undated
box folder
7 7 Contact sheets
box folder
116 3 Negatives
116 4 114-120. India, circa 2001
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7 9 Contact sheets
box folder
116 4 Negatives
Set 2: Jerusalem and Palestine negatives and contact sheets, undated
Photographs by Fred Anderegg; prints of many negatives in Box 11.
box folder
116 5 1-9. Jerusalem: Aqsa Mosque
Negatives only.
10-12. Palestine: Bethlehem
Also includes "Color film no. 1 Bethlehem (from below)."
box folder
7 10 Contact sheets
box folder
116 5 Negatives
116 5 13-16. Jerusalem: Golden Gate
Negatives only.
Set 3: China and Central Asia color negatives, circa 1998
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116 6 1-4. Beijing
116 6 5. [illegible]
116 6 6. Tun King area
116 6 7. Turfan
116 6 8. Tashkent and Samarkand
116 6 9. Samarkand and Bukhara
116 6 10. Bukhara
116 6 11. Bukhara and Khiva
116 6 12. Khiva
box
117-118 Numbered set of medium-format negatives, no. 1- no. 668, undated
Photograph albums, 1953-1955, undated
box
114 Album with images of sites in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan 1953, undated
Includes Palmyra, Baalbeck, Halabiya, Damascus, Jerash, Dura, Genoa, Athens, Alexandria, Byblos, Jerusalem, Cairo, Petra, Bethlehem area, Jericho, Istanbul.
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113 Album with images of sites in Spain, Egypt, Turkey and Syria, 1953-1955, undated
Black-and-white and color prints of 35mm and medium-format negatives. Many prints are matched to negative by number. Included are views of Greece, Jerusalem, Egypt, Qusayr 'Amra, Baghdad, Rusafa, Konya, Ankara, Bursa, Istanbul, Córdoba, Seville, Madrid, Burgos, Tordesillas, San Juan Bautista, Granada.
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112 Album with images of sites in Spain, Egypt, Turkey, 1954-1955, undated
Black-and-white and color prints, most from medium-format negatives, many matched to negative by number. Sites in Spain include Burgos, Santillana del Mar, Valladolid and Toledo. Also includes a group of loose photographs found inserted in the back cover of the album.
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8 Album with images of sites in Palestine, Lebanon, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, undated
Black-and-white prints, most from medium-format negatives, most prints matched to negative by number. Included are images of Khirbat al-Mafjar, Baalbeck, Damascus, Raqqah, Aleppo, Jerusalem, Amman and Cairo.
Loose photographic prints, undated
box
9 Iran
Includes Ardestan, Isfahan, Jolfa, Natanz, Na'in, Persepolis and Naqsh-i Rajab, Pir-i Bakran, Tehrān, Varamin and Zaware.
box
10 Jordan
Includes Amman, Qasr Umawi, Antioch/Daphne, Aqaba, Azraq, Bayir, Hammam al-Sarakh, Humayma, Iraq al-Amir, Jerash, Khan al-Zabib, Khirbat al-Mafjar, Mshash, Petra, Qal'at ar-Rabad (Ajloun), Qasr al-Kharana, Qasr al-Muwaqqar, Qasr al-Tuba, Qasr al 'Uwaynid, Qusayr 'Amra, Shawbak, Udruh.
10 Syria and Lebanon
Includes Aleppo, 'Anjar, Baalbeck, Balis, Bosra, Crac des chevaliers, Damascus, Halabiya, Jabal Says (Djebel Seis), Jeradeh, Palmyra, Qalaat al-Rahba, Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi, Ruwaiha, Zelebiya.
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9 Cairo
Includes Bab al-Futuh, Bab al-Nasr, Bab Zuwayla, Jami' al-Azhar, Jami' al-Sultan al-Mu'ayyad Shaykh, Jami' ibn Tulun, Khanqah al-Nasir Faraj ibn Barquq, Madrasat al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun, Madrasat wa-Qubbat wa-Bimaristan al-Sultan Qalawun, Masjid al-Juyushi, Masjid al-Salih Tala'i', Masjid al-Sultan Hasan, Masjid al-Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun, Masjid al-Sultan Qaytbay, Qubba wa-Khanqah wa-Madrasa al-Sultan al-Ashraf Inal, Fatamid mausolea, Islamic Museum.
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11 Jerusalem and Palestine
Includes the Haram al-Sharif, Golden Gate, and al-Aqsa Mosque wood carvings, as well as Bethlehem. Also includes various Umayyad sites such as Khirbat al-Mafjar and Qasr Umawi in Amman. See Box 116 for negatives.
Miscellaneous photographic material, undated
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115 5 35 mm. negatives
Includes Qusayr 'Amra, Qasr al-Minya copy photographs, Ribat-i Sharaf, Shiraz, Granada, and Bethlehem mosaics.
box folder
7 8 Contact sheets
Includes China contact sheets for images from Set 1: Films 107-113 with strips of film laid out differently.
box folder
119 3 Slides of Bethlehem
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12 Original photograph housings


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