Photograph Albums of James and Eleanor Moose

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At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Moose, James S., 1903-1989.
  • Dates

  • Physical Description

    133 Prints ((2 albums), gelatin)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    Two photographic print albums created by James and Eleanor Moose, circa 1950s, which include images of the architecture and landscape of Syria. Photographs are all gelatin prints, mostly 7" x 9" or smaller. Album 1 contains 57 prints, mostly of Syrian architectural monuments. Many of the photographs are signed "Amin Sharif". Album 2 contains 58 prints, mostly of Syrian architecture and ancient sites. Some of the prints are captioned in Arabic. The album includes studio portraits of James and Eleanor Moose from 1954 and 1955.
  • Biographical / Historical

    James S. Moose Jr. (1903-1989) was a foreign service officer of the U.S. Department of State. He was stationed throughout the Middle East, including Iraq, Iran, Saudia Arabia and Syria. In 1952 he was appointed ambassador to Syria, and then to Sudan in 1958. Moose retired from the State Department in 1962 and taught international relations at the University of Massachusetts for one year. The albums were likely created in the mid-1950s while Ambassador Moose was stationed in Syria.
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A2008.03
  • Collector

    Moose, James S., 1903-1989.
    Moose, Eleanor Wood, 1900-
  • Place

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    Photograph Albums of James and Eleanor Moose
  • Custodial History

    Gift of Ms. Duncan Whittome, 2008.
    Gift of James Moose, Jr., 2016
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Slides (photographs)
    Photograph albums
  • Citation

    South Asia Photography Collection, FSA A2008.03. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Arrangement

    Prints Organized into two albums: Album 1, 75 prints; Album 2, 58 prints.
    Organized into 7 metal boxes Slides
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
  • Genre/Form

    Photographs -- 1950-1960 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
    Photograph albums
    Slides (photographs)
  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013