|Controversial Diplomacy: The 1919 King-Crane
World War I, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Henry Churchill King,
president of Oberlin College, and Charles R. Crane, Chicago businessman
and trustee of Robert College in Constantinople, to serve on an Inter-Allied
commission to visit the Middle East to determine what the people living
there wanted. Although the full commission never assembled due to
French and British opposition, the American team, known as the King-Crane
Commission, visited the area from June to August 1919. The 1921 Oberlin College yearbook carried a summary of President King's work for the Commission.
taken at the Y.M.C.A. headquarters in Paris in late 1918, was sent
by H.C. King to his Oberlin friends, probably in early 1919. Photograph
courtesy Oberlin College Archives.