Columbia Libraries Receives Support to Preserve Tibet Information Network Archives
NEW YORK, February 5, 2010 –

Columbia University Libraries has received a one-year grant of $10,000 from The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation in support of processing and digitizing the TIN/Modern Tibetan History Archive. The archive is held by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.


Dr. Robert Barnett, research scholar at Columbia’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute, facilitated the Starr Library's acquisition of the archives of the Tibet Information Network (TIN) in England. For some fifteen years, TIN amassed invaluable and unique resources for the study of modern Tibet until the organization's closing in 2005. In December 2007, the Starr Library received the large majority of the TIN research archives, totaling some 285 cartons of material.

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States, with over 820,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials, as well as some holdings in Mongol and Manchu, and over 6,500 periodical titles. The collection, established in 1902, is particularly strong in Chinese history, literature, and social sciences; Japanese literature, history, and religion, particularly Buddhism; and Korean history. For more information, please visit: /content/libraryweb/indiv/eastasian.html

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.  

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