Harvard Library to upload ten-million-page archive of Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

Photo by Nina Menconi, via TBRCThe Harvard Library has announced a collaborative project with the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) to upload more than 10 million pages of Tibetan Buddhist literature into its Digital Repository System as a means to provide a “safe haven” for the TBRC’s archive. The TBRC was founded in 1999 by the late Gene Smith, with a mandate to digitally scan and catalog his private collection of the more than 12,000 volumes from the Tibetan Buddhist canon he had acquired from Tibetan refugees fleeing the political turmoil in their homeland. Harvard Library experts will begin the upload in July and estimate it will take a year to complete. Afterward, the collection will be made available to Harvard Library users through its HOLLIS catalog. Dan Hazen, associate librarian for collection development, called the partnership with TBRC to preserve Tibetan literature one of Harvard Library’s “hallmark projects.”

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Photo by Nina Menconi, via TBRC