Sydney Hunt collection
Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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C. [Khalil] Raad, the photographer of many of these works, is known as "Palestine's first Arab photographer." He lived from ca. 1854 to 1957, and was active in photography starting in ca. 1890. When his studio, on Jerusalem's Jaffa Road, was threatened by fighting in 1948, an Italian friend sneaked across no-man's-land several times to retrieve Raad's photographic archive. The archive is now preserved in the library of the Institute for Palestine Studies in Beirut.
"The photography of Khalil Raad, which this author has viewed, combines an aesthetic value with an historical importance. In his work, there is nothing "folkloric" as was sometimes the fashion in the work of some photographers who were successful in Europe. On the contrary, his was a vision that showed a considerable sensitivity in its portrayal of daily life. One sees farmers and villages, town scenes all mixed in with portraits of Palestinian fighters, involved since the turn of the century, in the struggle against Zionist colonialism and the British Mandate. It is Raad who conserved for posterity, the features of the patriotic leader, 'Izz al-Din al-Qassam and of Said al-'As and all the men who fought for their native soil. It is Raad who caught the mood of the times with his photographs of villagers and farmers laboring in their fields and orchards, dispelling the myth perpetrated by colonialists in Palestine that it was an empty land peopled only by a few savages."
Source: El-Hage, Badr, "Khalil Raad-Jerusalem Photographer." Jerusalem Quarterly, Winter 2001. Available at: http://www.jerusalemquarterly.org/ViewArticle.aspx?id=199 (Accessed October 10, 2011).
Sydney Hunt (1900-?) graduated from Haverford College in 1932, where majored in German, was president of his class in his junior year, and was on the board of the Haverfordian. After graduation, Hunt received a scholarship/grant from the American Friends Service Committee to teach English at the Friends' School for Boys in Ramallah, Palestine. Based on the granting agency, it is believed that Hunt was a Quaker.
Hunt wrote his book, The Joyful Traveler, in the early 1930s about his time traveling the world, including both the Middle East and Germany. By the time it was ready for publication in 1936, the world situation had changed, and publishers didn't believe that the public would be receptive to happy reminiscences about Germany. Hunt held on to the manuscript until 2001, when he began to work on publishing it again. It was finally published in 2003, with his wife the copyright holder (presumably, he had died in the interim). He used some of the slides in this collection to illustrate the book.
Source: Internal evidence, Haverford College yearbook for 1932, and the introduction from Hunt's book, The Joyful Traveler.
These 101 glass slides were probably brought back from Sydney Hunt's trip to Ramallah, Palestine in the 1930s, where he was on assignment for the American Friends Service Committee. Many of the slides have 'C. Raad, professional photographer' on them, as do some boxes, which are titled 'Palestine and Syria.' 13 negatives in the collection were likely created after the trip.
The Sydney Hunt collection was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 2007 by Patricia Hunt.
Processed by Jon Sweitzer-Lamme; completed July, 2011.
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Jon Sweitzer-Lamme
- Finding Aid Date
- July, 2011
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
The contents of this box are from 5 small lantern slide boxes, labeled A through E.
Box A, 'Bedouin Life,' slides include:
Family among rocks
'Sunset' over water
Men near wooden machinery
Landscape with ruins and plants
Stone column with carved text
'From East Bank' landscape
Stone building and bare landscape
Box B slides (undescribed) include:
Posed portrait of an old man, 4 older women, and a younger boy/girl
Chicken in front of ancient wall
Elaborate portrait mosaic
Small boy with sword
Box C slides, 'School Personalities/Personal Photos,' include:
Man in fez leaning on car
Man cooling feet in river
'Peasant at Trictrack'-two men smoking hookah
Woman with jar
Men receiving care (at the barber?); same as Negative 4
Posed woman with tree
Painting of a couple
Box D slides, 'Village Life,' include:
Mass of people in street; same as Negative 5
Man in desert
View of building complex
Box E slides, 'Religious Heads,' include:
'Samaritan H. P.'
'The Armenian patriarch'
'Grocer's Shop'Physical Description
The contents of this box are from a small lantern slide box, labeled F, and 3 boxes, unlettered, labeled Jerash.
Box F slides, 'Ramallah,' include:
'Extensions to Friends' Girls School, Ramallah, Palestine;' same as Negative 1
Modern landscape; same as Negative 12
Ceremony at school
'Stairway to house top'
Men seated around empty stage; same as Negative 6
Jerash I slides include:
'Main Street Jerash--Via Antonina'
Panorama of ruins
Facade in ruins
Sculpture of reclining woman
Lamp in the shape of a horse
'Titus Flavius' impersonator among ruins
Jerash II slides include:
Roman road and ruins
'Bird's Eye' view
'Entrance G.T.' (cracked)
Pavement and empty sculpture niche
Panorama of ruins
Facade in ruins
9 oil lamps, with scale
Jerash III slides include:
Staircase in ruins
House in ruins with staircase
Man leaning on pillar
Temple in ruins
Panorama of ruins
Ruins and meadow
Man sitting on ancient stepsPhysical Description
The contents of this box are from four containers: two lantern slide boxes and two paper wrappings, one from Quaker Photo (Arch St), and one labeled 'Possible use-snapshots available.'
Unlabeled slide box I includes:
'Alternate for 5-1,' house and garden
Landscape with large body of water
7 men posing in suits
Men outside tent; same as Negative 7
Men smoking hookah
Men outside tent smoking hookah
Outdoor school lesson for young boys
Quaker Photo wrapping slides include:
'General view of Jerash'
Men with laden camels
'Ch. 8.1. Jordan River.' (cracked)
Paper wrapping labeled 'Possible use-snapshots available'
Digging among ruins, '14.3'
Group of columns, '14.2'
Two Western-dressed men, '21-2'
'Grand Mufti Ch. 17'
Soldiers in plaza, 'Ch. 16-1;' same as Negative 8
Man in garden, 'Ch 15-2'
Women with children, '7-1'
Unlabeled slide box II includes:
Camels carrying stone
Mosaic amid ruins
'Baptistry Floor,' mosaic
Map of Middle East; same as Negative 3
Mosaic on wallPhysical Description
The contents of this box are from a single box, except for number 13, which was in an envelope with the proof of The Joyful Traveler.
1. Friends' Girls School, Ramallah, Palestine
2. Landscape of ruins
3. Drawn map of the Middle East
4. Men in line (at the barber? Customs?)
5. Mass of people in street
6. Men around empty stage
7. Men seated outside tent
8. Soldiers in plaza
9. Large house and landscape
10. Stone building
11. Group of men in traditional dress
12. Modern landscape
13. Portrait of a young manPhysical Description
Proof of The Joyful Traveler: Wanderings of Sydney Hunt, 1932-34, with hand corrections.
Small note: 'Snapshots and pictures used in book w/ Nat(?) 9/13/04'
List of photographs to be used in the book (4 small note pages)
3 'Metal Dark Slides', presumably photographic equipment, in original packaging. Labeled 'Metallkassette für Kamera mit Normalfalz Nr. 665/7 9x12'Physical Description