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Friday, February 19, 2010

Tibet - American Geographical Society Library
18 Feb 2010

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, Milwaukee, WI, US

"This digital collection presents a selection of historical maps and photographs of Tibet from the holdings of the American Geographical Society (AGS) Library. The collection consists of 1,090 images. It includes a unique set of 50 photographs of central Tibet and Lhasa taken by two Mongolian Buddhists, G. Ts. Tsybikoff and Ovshe Norzunoff, who visited Tibet in 1900 and 1901. The photographs represent the first photographic images of Potala Palace in Lhasa and other Tibetan monasteries. In addition, over 1,000 images of Tibet have been drawn from the extensive photographic collection of Harrison Forman. Photojournalist and explorer, Forman undertook three expeditions to remote areas of northern Tibet between 1932 and 1937. The photographic collection is supplemented by four plans of the city of Lhasa and six historical maps of Tibet selected from the map collection of the American Geographical Society Library."

Site contents:
* About (# Scope and Content (1900-1901 Central Tibet, 1932-1937 Northern Tibet), # The Digital Project, # Credits, # Copyright and Permissions, # Contact Information);
* Browse (# Browse all 1090 items, incl. 1878 A-K's Plan of Lhasa, 1885 Map illustrating the explorations of Pundit A-- K-- in Great Tibet, 1879-1882, 1891 Rockhill's Plan of Lhasa, 1891 View of Lhasa, 1900-1901 Cutting stone at the sacred Phabongka cemetery, 1900-1901 Gadan monastery, 1900-1901 Gyantse Jong (Gyangze), general view of town, 1900-1901 Hermitage in Gechen, 1900-1901 Kichu river west of Lhasa, 1900-1901 Lhasa street during the Tsog Chod festival, 1900-1901 Lhasa, Amban's yamen (residence of Chinese official) from SE, 1900-1901 Lhasa, Bar Chorten, the Western Gate or Pargo Kaling gateway, 1900-1901 Lhasa, Chagpori (iron mountain) from SE, 1900-1901 Lhasa, Chja shi tan, fortified Chinese camp, 1900-1901 Lhasa, Depung monastery [...];
# Browse collections: 1900-1901 Central Tibet and Lhasa 1932-1937 Northern Tibet Maps & Plans
# Browse cities: Chengde (Jehol), Gyangze (Gyantse Jong), Lhasa, Xiahe (Labrang), Zetang (Tsetan);
# Browse provinces: Gansu, Hebei, Qinghai);
# Browse [all 240] subjects: Actors, Altars, Amulets, Animals, Archaeological sites, Architectural decorations, [...] Goldwork, Grains, Guards, Guides & Scouts, Hair, Hair ornaments, [...] Votive offerings, Vultures, Warriors, Water, Wheels, Wind instruments, Women, Wood carving, Wool, Writing systems, Yokes);
* Search Collection & Advanced Search
* Other AGSL Collections (Afghanistan [], AGSL Digital Map Collection [], AGSL Digital Photo Archives [Asia and Middle East], Cities Around the World, Georgia & Russia [1929-1933], Transportation Around the World).


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