Letter from Jacob Spafford, 02/08/1927

Item

Title
Letter from Jacob Spafford, 02/08/1927
Description
This is a digital reproduction of a letter held in the Library of Congress from Jacob Spafford to a "dear friend”, dated 2 Aug., 1927. Jacob Spafford was the adopted son of Horatio and Anna Spafford, two of the founding members of the American Colony in Jerusalem. Describes the devastating effects of the earthquake. Included is a description of an encounter with a man from Bethlehem who says no one was killed there but the damage suffered would require £100,000 to rectify (p.2). Also describes damage and loss of life in Nablus (70 dead), Ramleh, Ludd and Rama – the worst effected towns - as well as the kindness of people helping each other out, including Bedouins. Says Jerusalem got off relatively lightly although damage was worse on Mount of Olives. This image was digitised by the Planet Bethlehem Archive and exists as part of the 1927 Earthquake collection within the Library of Congress project of the Planet Bethlehem Archive.
Identifier
pb_lc_ear_7251842
Subject
Bethlehem
Palestine
Palestinian Diaspora
1927 Earthquake
American Colony in Jerusalem
1927 Earthquake collection
License
CC BY 4.0
Creator
Jacob Spafford
Contributor
Jacob Spafford
Date
08/02/1927
Type
Photograph
Source
Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA, Prints & Photographs Division.
Language
English
Spatial Coverage
32.222879/ 35.2589992
Rights Holder
Library of Congress. No known restrictions on publication.