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   The Tharchin Collection, 1901-1975 [Bulk Dates: 1923-1963].

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Tharchin Collection; series #, box # and folder #; C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.:Tharchin Collection
Bib ID:6905093 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Tharchin, G., 1890-1976, creator, collector.
Title:The Tharchin Collection, 1901-1975 [Bulk Dates: 1923-1963].
Physical description:7.58 linear feet (13 boxes)
Language(s):Tibetan and English . Also includes some materials in Hindi and Urdu .
Access: This collection is primarily located onsite and available for use by qualified readers in the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room, C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University. Box 9, which contains fragile photo negatives, is located offsite and restricted for preservation reasons; digital images of the contents are available. Most monographs were separated from the collection and catalogued in Columbia University's online catalogue. They can be identified by searching "Forms part of the Tharchin Collection," and requested for onsite consultation during scheduled hours in the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room, C.V. Starr East Asian Library. For further details, please consult the C.V. Starr East Asian Library staff.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in six series and several subseries:

Series 1-2; Arranged in chronological order.

Series 3 and 5; Arranged in alphabetical order.

Series 4 and 6; Arranged in the order in which the materials arrived.

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Description

Scope and Content

The Tharchin Collection consists primarily of correspondence, publications and drafts, photographs, daybooks and financial accounts, and autobiographical materials. The geographic coverage of the collection spans both sides of the Himalayas, in particular, the activities of intellectuals, officials, missionaries, and other historical figures in India, Sikkim, and Tibet.

Items of special note include an early diary and travel-notes personally recorded by Tharchin; photographs of family members and noteworthy visitors in Kalimpong; a five-volume dictionary drafted by Gegen Tharchin; trade-related documents, including a "Certificate for Traders, Muleteers and Porters"; and an imprint of a seal designed for the "Future Democratic Tibet Government."

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Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

 This collection is primarily located onsite and available for use by qualified readers in the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room, C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University. Box 9, which contains fragile photo negatives, is located offsite and restricted for preservation reasons; digital images of the contents are available. Most monographs were separated from the collection and catalogued in Columbia University's online catalogue. They can be identified by searching "Forms part of the Tharchin Collection," and requested for onsite consultation during scheduled hours in the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room, C.V. Starr East Asian Library. For further details, please consult the C.V. Starr East Asian Library staff.

      offsite requestMore information on using the collection

Restrictions on Use

Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's collections solely for noncommercial education and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University. In addition to permission from Columbia University, permission of the copyright owner (if not Columbia University) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Columbia University makes no warranties as to the accuracies of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

Acquisition

Gift; Tharchin Family; Received: 2007-2016.

Gift; Hackett, Paul G.; Received: 2007.

Gift; Harris, Tina; Received: 2008.

Gift; Engelhardt, Isrun; Received: 2010, 2013.

Gift; Fader, Herbert; Received: 2010-2013.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Tharchin Collection; series #, box # and folder #; C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University.

Finding aid is available online.

Related Material

Most published monographs were separated from the collection and individually catalogued in the Columbia University Libraries' online catalog CLIO . They can be identified by searching "Forms part of the Tharchin Collection," and requested for onsite consultation during scheduled hours in the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room, C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. C.V. Starr East Asian Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Processed 2012-2016 Lauran R. Hartley, with assistance from student assistants Mary Beth Morrissey, Jampa Choetso, and Tenzin Yewong Dongchung.

Finding Aid written 2012-2016 Lauran R. Hartley, with assistance from Mary Beth Morrissey, Jampa Choetso, and Tenzin Yewong Dongchung.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion July 21, 2016 Finding aid written in English.
    2016-07-21 File created.
    2016-07-21 xml document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Additional Creators

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C.V. Starr East Asian Library (Columbia University),--repository.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tharchin Family,--donor.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Genre/Form

HeadingCUL Archives:
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Business correspondencePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
DictionariesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
DraftsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ledgers (account books)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
ManuscriptsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
NewspapersPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
NotebooksPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PhotographsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
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CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
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British--India--Archives.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Christians--India--Kālimpong--History--Sources.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kālimpong (India)--History--20th century--Sources.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Missionaries--Tibet Region--History--Sources.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Newspaper publishing--Tibet Region--History--Sources.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing--India--History--Sources.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tharchin, G., 1890-1976--Archives.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tibet Autonomous Region (China)--History--20th century--Sources.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tibet Mirror Press--Records and correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tibetans--India--Archives.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Gegen Dorje Tharchin (1890-1976; Tib. Dge-rgan Rdo-rje-mthar-phyin), also known as "Tharchin Babu," was founder of the Tibet Mirror Press in Kalimpong, India. In this capacity, he was renowned as editor of the Tibet Mirror newspaper (Tib. Yul phyogs so soʼi gsar ʼgyur me long) and the author or editor of many other Tibetan-language publications which circulated from 1925-1963 among Tibetan readers on both sides of the Himalayas, and as distantly as New York City.

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