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The Tharchin Collection, 1901-1975, bulk 1923-1963

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: Tharchin Collection
Bib ID 6905093 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Tharchin, G., 1890-1976 ; Tharchin Family ; C.V. Starr East Asian Library (Columbia University),
Title The Tharchin Collection, 1901-1975, bulk 1923-1963
Physical Description 7.58 linear feet (13 boxes)
Language(s) Chiefly in 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.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in six series and several subseries: Series I. The Tibet Mirror (Yul phyogs so soʼi gsar ʼgyur me long); Series II. Archival Materials from the Tibet Mirror Press Editorial Offices (Kalimpong, India); Series III. Correspondence; Series IV. Audiovisual Materials; Series V. Printed Materials; Series VI. Miscellaneous.

Arranged in chronological order. Series 1-2

Arranged in alphabetical order. Series 3 and 5

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

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."

General Note

Columbia University is deeply grateful to the Tharchin Family of Kalimpong, India for making these research materials available. Additional papers, time and effort were contributed by Isrun Engelhardt, Herbert Fader, Paul G. Hackett, and Tina Harris

Using the Collection

C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Restrictions on 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.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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.

Preferred Citation

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

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.

Accrual

Further accruals will be added to this collection as received

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Processing Information

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

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

Revision Description

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.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Business correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dictionaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drafts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ledgers (account books) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newspapers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
British -- India -- Archives Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Christians -- India -- Kālimpong -- History -- Sources Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Missionaries -- Tibet Region -- History -- Sources Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newspaper publishing -- Tibet Region -- History -- Sources Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing -- India -- History -- Sources Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tharchin, G., 1890-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tibet Mirror Press -- : Records and correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tibetans -- India -- Archives Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

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.