Camera pans across welcoming delegation of local officials lined up in front of the railroad train of the so-called American Military Mission to Armenia, aka the Harbord Commission. (Some U.S. soldiers can be seen in and near the train.) It was arriving in Mardin, by rail, from Adana and Allepo. (Reportedly, the gentleman in black, standing to the right hand side of the lady, in the welcoming delegation, is Abdurrahman Kavvas, a descendant of the Ortoqid family that ruled Eastern Anatolia, Northern Syria and Northern Iraq in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.) In a change of scene, the camera pans over a large group of local people who pose standing side-by-side. A contingent of Turkish cavalry ride past, followed by a squad of marching Turkish infantry.
Members of the U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia, stroll about grounds where tents are set up at a reception and party for them at Erzurum, Turkey. Women are seen seated on the ground near a large tent. Turkish soldiers of the 14th Corps assemble on bleachers near a space set out for a football (soccer) match. Players seen running on the pitch. Two wrestlers demonstrate their skills. A Lazi Dancer from the Trabzon district dances, accompanied by Turkish muscians. A group of dancers performs.
A typical street scene in the city of Yerevan, Capital of Armenia, photographed by member of the U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia, during their visit in 1919. Members of the Military Mission with their automobile on a city street. The Armenian Prime Minister with his second cabinet of the First Republic of Armenia, pose for the Mission photographer,in a garden, on October 1, 1919. Seated in front, left to right, are: Avetik Sahakyan (Sahakian) Minister of Agriculture, Prime Minister Alexander Khatisyan (Khatissian) and General Christophor Araratov, Minister of War. Standing, behind them are Nikol Aghbalian (Aghbanian)Minister of Education, A. Gulkandanian, Minister of Interior and Justice, and S. Araradian, Minister of Finance. Next,head of the U.S. Military Mission, Major General James G. Harbord, poses with the Prime Minister.
Views from shipboard of the Bosphorus strait in vicinity of Constantinople, taken in 1919, by the U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia. Small boats seen in the water. American military officers seen inspecting mounds of harvested grain in a field. They mingle with farmers and walk amongst the mounds of grain. Buildings of nearby village are seen in background. A minaret is also seen in background of another shot. Panning shots across fields of hillside in distance, show two mosques among other structures. Several substantial buildings are seen in valley at base of mountain.
Scenes in and around Yerevan, Armenia, photographed during visit of the U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia, in 1919. Camera pans across imposing old forts that overlook the area. View shifts to position upon wall of a fort, where the camera pans across forest at the base of the fort and the city of Yerevan spread out below. Final sequence shows local Armenian people going about their ordinary activities. Some walk along a dirt road, next to masonry buildings. A man and woman sit in the shade of a stone wall, with a young child seen crouched between them.
American Army Major General James G. Harbord, Head of a U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia, is greeted by welcoming committee upon the arrival of his train at a railroad yard in Armenia. He is seen conversing with two Armenian Apostolic Priests. They present him a document, which he views and then rolls up. Many other persons are present to greet the Harbord and members of his mission. Several wear the fez. A few U.S. soldiers are seen looking out the windows of the train. An Armenian officer steps forward to present a document to General Harbord.