We are pleased to have added over 6,500 images to the Robert Schick collection in the ACOR Digital Archive. The Schick family has a long history in the Levant and with the American Center of Research. Here we will look at the 1970s, noting that there is so much more of their work and travel available in the archives.
In 1970 Dr. Edwin Schick, Robert’s father, was at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem while Robert attended St. George’s School.
During the year in Jerusalem, the Schick family traveled throughout the region in a Volkswagen camper van that they had driven from Hamburg, Germany. (Robert Schick has said the passenger liner that brought them to Europe from the United States was one of the last to operate.) Locations in the collection include Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Greece, and Turkey.
Barbara Schick, Robert’s mother, later wrote an interesting journal that documented their 1970 – 1971 adventure, complete with brochures and maps.
Although the collection we currently offer online is all Middle Eastern material, the physical collection includes hundreds of European postcards from their travels from Bremen, Germany, to Greece.
Postcards from Jordan are available online, such as this overview of Amman.
After that adventurous year, Robert Schick waited until 1974 before returning to the area, and he did so for a season of excavation at Caesarea, which helped spark his love of the region and archaeology.
In 1978, Edwin and Barbara Schick returned to Jordan, where Edwin served as the Annual Professor at ACOR during his sabbatical and Barbara taught in the Nutrition Department of the recently opened University of Jordan. At the same time, Robert lived in Cairo as part of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at the American University in Cairo. As one might expect, there are many photos from Jordan and Egypt during the late 1970s, as well as photos from Syria taken by Edwin and Barbara.
The Egyptian selection here focuses more on less common photographic subjects, with only a few of the lovely, but more more frequently seen, photos of archaeological sites.
Naturally, many photos of familiar Egyptian archaeological sites were taken as well.
Numerous photos of other sites in Luxor, Saqqara, Giza, and elsewhere in Egypt were taken and can be found in the ACOR Digital Archive.
Barbara and Edwin also documented their travels through Jordan and Syria, as well as Barbara’s work at the University of Jordan, including the campus, colleagues, and the 1979 commencement.
They also attended camel races in Amman.
And, of course, there are archaeological photographs from the 1970s taken in Jordan. These two, taken at Iraq al-Amir in the spring, are quite lovely.
These are selections from ten years of adventures experienced by Robert Schick and his family in Jordan and the region—and there is still much more to come.