Guide to the Stephen Haboush Photograph Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1143
Creators:
Haboush, Stephen A.
Dates:
circa 1920-1960
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
11 boxes
Repository:
This collection documents, through lantern slides, slides, prints and negatives, life in Jerusalem, Damascus, Cairo, and other locations in the Middle East. The majority of the photographs were created and assembled by Stephen Haboush, although some were purchased. Haboush routinely traveled to his birthplace of Israel and he photographed his travels. He then used the photographs for lectures about his life as a shepherd and experiences in the Holy Land.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection documents, through lantern slides, slides, prints and negatives, life in Jerusalem, Damascus, Cairo, and other locations in the Middle East. The majority of the photographs were created and assembled by Stephen Haboush, although some were purchased. Haboush routinely traveled to his birthplace of Israel and he photographed his travels. He then used the photographs for lectures about his life as a shepherd and experiences in the Holy Land.
There is a specific emphasis on the activity of shepherding, but there are photographs depicting generally landscapes, flora, the Wailing Wall, pottery, sunsets, buildings, altars, churches, mosques, rock formations, boats on the river, camels, market scenes, donkeys, villages, tilework, streetscapes, maps of Egypt and Palestine, and individuals--shepherds, British soldiers, and women at a well.
The collections consists primarily of lantern slides which are loosely organized. Lantern slides are positive images on glass and the exterior glass. Lantern slides were intended to be projected for viewing and were a popular entertainment medium in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Small groupings of slides and photographs were identified, but there is little arrangement and identification of the materials. Some of the materials are identified and numbered, and when this was possible, these materials were grouped together. Many of the numbered groups of slides have great gaps. Some of the miscellaneous slides have been grouped and briefly identified, for example, "British Soldiers."

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into three series.
Series 1, Lantern Slides, undated
Series 2, Negatives and Transparencies and Prints, undated
Series 3, Slides, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Stephen Haboush was born on June 28, 1892 in Galilee, Israel. Haboush emigrated to the United States circa 1914 and became an American citizen in 1923. During the 1920s, Haboush joined the Chautauqua Lyceum Lecture circuit. The Chautauqua idea comes from the original Chautauqua Institution, which was founded in 1874 on Lake Chautauqua in western New York. The original idea was to offer one-to-two week summer retreats for adults to continue their education by attending lectures and performances. The lyceum version of Chautauqua was also offered to adults, but the lectures and performances were held during the fall, winter and spring, and took place in schools, church halls, or opera houses not located at Lake Chautauqua, but around the United States. Haboush died in March 1975.
Haboush lectured widely, sometimes with his wife, presenting slide lectures and musical travelogues about the Holy Land, and his experiences as a shepherd. Haboush photographed his travels throughout the Middle East, especially Jerusalem. He wrote two books, Over the Hills of Galilee (1924) and My Shepherd Life in Galilee: With an Exegesis of the Shepherd Psalm (1949). The latter was Haboush's interpretation of the 23rd Psalm.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, 2012.
Author
Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Roger M. Lepley on January 1, 2009.

Bibliography
Bibliography
Crane, Frederick. "The Music of Chautauqua and Lyceum," Black Music Research Letter, 4, No. 3 (Spring 1981): 4-6.
"Hussein's Feet Point Westward,"Miami News, March 8, 1964.
"South-Eastern Bible College Will Hear Galilean Speak," Lakeland Ledger (Florida), November 11, 1959.
Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn and Diane Vogt-O'Connor. Photographs: Archival Care and Management. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2006.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Stephen A. Haboush Photograph Collection, circa 1920-1960, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs, negatives, and slides.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Lantern slides -- 1900-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slides (photographs) -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Israel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Palestine Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Middle East Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lecturers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Travel photography Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slides (photographs) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives