Group portrait of the King-Crane Commission and other persons unknown, in Damascus, 1919. Identified persons include Sami Haddad (standing, in white suit), Commissioners Charles R. Crane, and Henry Churchill King (seated at table, left to right), Albert Howe Lybyer (seated, to right of King), and George R. Montgomery (seated, far right).

During the summer of 1919, a delegation under the leadership of Oberlin College President Henry Churchill King and Chicago businessman Charles R. Crane travelled to areas of the former Ottoman territories. Their mission was to determine the wishes of the people of the region as their future was being determined by the major powers at the Paris Peace Conference. The King-Crane Commission, as it became known, met delegations and invited written petitions from various religious and political groups. This digital collection unifies the archival records of Commission members for the first time. It also includes resources on conducting research in the collection.

To learn more about the collection, please read the full introduction to the King-Crane Commission digital collection.