Educating Orphans

Orphans reading books and getting an education through one of the teachers assigned by the Near East Relief.

Annie T. Allen

An article about Annie T. Allen and her work at the Near East Relief.

Alice In Hungerland, Near East Relief

An article about The Near East Relief in the Pacific and the story of ” Alice In Wonderland”, how it was used in a different way as ” Alice In HungerLand”

Hollywood Stars, Golden Rule

The Golden Rule is the biblical rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” On international Golden Rule Sunday, the Near East Relief reminds people to support refugees and orphans in the religious occasion. Some of the Hollywood stars helped the Near East Relief in fundraising.

Sandbag Lullabies

An article with the description of the supplies that are sent to the serve orphans in the nurseries of the Near East Relief. The photo in the article is of three toddlers that are left in the nurseries while their widowed mothers were working.

Sustenance Train

Photograph shows a train with the sign ” American Near East Relief”

Patients In Hospital

Refugees in hospital, the medical staff of the Near East Relief is taking care of them.

The Leviathan

The Leviathan transported the first large group of Near East Relief volunteers in Feb. 1919. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain Collection.

Medals, Near East Relief

An article described the workers’ medal designed by Walter Thompson to overseas workers of Near East Relief in recognition of their splendid service.

Mother & Her Dead Children

Mother with her dead children, the Armenian cry after the genocide. In the photo, the mother sitting down on the floor with her dead children wrapped in white cloths laying on the ground in the woods.

Two Refugees

Two Unknown refugees sleeping on the floor, covered with a blanket.

Mar Shimun

Mar Shimun, Catholicos Patriarch, occupied the See of Seleucia-Ctesiphon for fifteen years before he was assassinated during the Assyrian Genocide in March of 1918.

Women with spinning wheel

A group of women gathered around a spinning wheel. Two of the women are knitting. The ability to spin and knit helped women to be more self-sufficient.

Women with market baskets

Three women with large baskets. The women wear aprons and traditional Russian-style head scarves.

Ed Blatchford

Portrait of Near East Relief worker Ed Blatchford

Gordon Berry

Portrait of Near East Relief worker Gordon Berry

Belle Bass

Portrait of Near East Relief worker Belle Bass

Metalworker in outdoor market stall

Man in apron and traditional black wool hat in an outdoor market stall. The man appears to be a tinker, or a tinsmith, who makes his living fixing various household items.

Small boat on water

A standing person pilots a shallow boat (probably a skiff) on a river. Boats like this are more likely to be used for leisure than long journeys.

Bearded man with trunk

Bearded man in cap and glasses. The man wears and apron and stnds next to a large open trunk. A disassembled bedstead is nearby. The man is probably selling furniture.

Woman with pretzels

Woman selling pretzels or some other type of twisted bread in an outdoor marketplace

Woman in a black headscarf

Woman in a black shawl and head scarf. This woman appears in another photograph holding a boy in an embroidered cap. Given the quality of her clothing and the fact that she is wearing earrings, she is probably not be a refugee.

Man in a tall black fur hat

Man in a tall black fur hat and a military-style coat on a ship deck. The underside of a life boat is visible at right. The man may be a member of the ship’s crew.

Boy in ragged striped shirt

Informal portrait of a young boy wearing ragged clothes, including a torn striped shirt. Based on his light-colored hair, this boy may be a Russian refugee.

Man wearing black fur hat

Man in a tall black fur hat looking away from the camera. The person next to him is wearing goggles

Children walking past a building with a Greek motif

Large group of children walking past a white building with a Greek motif along the top. One of the boys carries a flag. The children are not dressed in matching uniforms. It is possible that they are students rather than orphans.

Girls on street with flags

Girls with flags walking standing in front of a building with an ornately decorated canopy. The girls appear to be part of a parade. It is unclear if they are orphans, because they are not wearing matching uniforms.

Closeup of a boy in a black cap

Closeup of a boy in a black cap. The boy appears to have hyperpigmentation of the face, resulting in lighter and darker patches of skin.

Well-dressed woman on a ship deck

Unidentified well-dressed woman on a ship’s deck. Based on her clothing, the woman is probably a relief worker or the wife of a Near East Relief worker. This negative is part of a series that includes views of refugees on a ship deck. Those photos were probably taken from this upper deck, looking down at the crowd.

Refugees on a ship deck

Refugees on a crowded ship deck. The refugees travel with large wicker bags and bedrolls. Based on their appearance and clothing, these may be Russian refugees crossing the Black Sea.

Refugee woman with children under blanket

Refugee woman with three children tucked under a blanket. The woman’s dress is quite modern in comparison to those seen in photos of refugee women. These might be Russian refugees sailing across the Black Sea. This photo is probably a closeup of a larger group of refugees on a ship deck.

Two well-dressed young women

Two well-dressed young women on a ship deck. One wears a head scarf. Based on the similarity of their facial features, the women could be sisters.

Woman with small boy in an embroidered cap

Woman with head scarf with small boy in her lap. The boy wears a traditional embroidered cap common in the Caucasus. Both are well-dressed in warm coats. Based on the background, this photo may have been taken on a ship.

Refugees on a ship deck

Refugees on a ship deck. Refugees traveled with all of their belongings in bundles and baskets. The families appear to have similar wicker trunks and bags.

Refugee families on a ship deck

Refugee families on a ship deck. Based on the style of dress (especially the men’s black fur hats), these are Russian refugees.