Edwin Samuel, the son of the first British High Commissioner for Palestine, Sir Herbert Samuel, added a rich collection of documents and photographs to the Israel State Archives detailing his father’s activities. One such item, the Mitzpah Album, is a treasured artifact, containing photographs attributed to a unique body known as the American Colony.
A group of Christian immigrants founded the American Colony in pre-state Israel in 1882. The US transplants were joined a decade later by Swedish immigrants who shared their viewpoint on religion. An unknown member or members of the colony carefully documented the Holy Land in beautiful photographs.
Forty-nine of these photos, now contained in the Mitzpah Album, span the dates 1917-1925. Israeli archivists believe that the album was given to Herbert Samuel shortly before the end of his term on June 30, 1925.
View a selection of our favorite photos below: