This collection currently contains more than 900 images of the western Mediterranean, and particularly Tangier, Morocco, during the period in which the city truly was an International Zone. The images are believed to be the work of Spanish photographer and longtime resident of Tangier, Paul Servant. They document the city and multiple other locations in the region approximately between the last years of the 19th century and the 1930s. They are scanned from a large collection of medium-format, glass plate negatives in the collection of the Tangier American Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM). The images of Morocco, France, Spain, Algeria, Gibraltar, and other places, provide important and rare visual documentation of these places between the First and Second World Wars, when nearly every aspect of society was in flux. Tangier is particularly well documented. Images capture the arrival of Europeans in the port, construction of the railway, some of the city's best-known buildings, and a wide variety of the city's inhabitants, Moroccan and European, civilian and military. Only some of the collection is online, as cataloging and digitizing of the negatives is an ongoing endeavor, made possible through the collaboration of multiple institutions. Most recently, interns from Wellesley College have assisted the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT and TALIM with this project.
Organization of the Collection: The organization of the virtual collection reflects the organization of the physical glass negative collection as it is stored. Images are presented in sub-collections corresponding to the numbered boxes in which they are stored. This organization is likely to change once the full collection is cataloged. In the meantime box contents are summarized for each collection. We welcome your comments or suggestions regarding a system that might be most helpful. Currently more than 900 images are online.
--Michael A. Toler, Archnet Content Manager (Updated January 20, 2016 )