Resources for Tibetan Historical Research


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This section, researched and compiled by Professor Gray Tuttle, focuses on historical research materials.

In addition to the Tibet-specific sources included in this section, research material can be found by searching historical databases. For example, the EBSCO database Historical Abstracts offers citations, abstracts, and links for publications related to world history, excluding the U.S. and Canada, from 1450 to the present, including many dissertations and articles related to Tibet.


  • Biographies
  • Religious and Geographic Surveys
    Survey histories of the religious schools and broader geographic areas, such as Amdo and Ngari.
  • Local Histories
    In addition to an extensive bibliography, this section also includes the link to "Official Chinese Sources on Recent Tibetan History: Local Gazetteers, Wenshi Ziliao, and CCP Histories," compiled and annotated by Columbia University graduate student Benno Weiner. This 20-page guide covers eastern Tibetan regions in Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, and lists holdings at Columbia University and several other library institutions.
  • Imperial Records
  • Archives and Archival Materials
    Focuses on non-imperial sources, collections of documents at Kundeling, and other institutions
  • Field Reports and Memoirs
  • Oral Histories