Major Tibet-Related Institutions

The Modern Tibetan Studies Program works closely with several premier institutions working on Tibetan culture and studies in the U.S. These include:

Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC)
founded by the late E. Gene Smith, TBRC is currently based in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. The TBRC, dedicated to making Tibetan texts available to the public through the internet, includes a collection of reprint texts from the PL-480 program of materials from India, Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan, as well as other materials including original manuscript and blockprints, with most of the blockprints from Labrang, many from Kum-bum, and Sde-dge; photocopies of rare Tibetan editions; maps; and contemporary items, amounting to about 17,000 volumes totaling more than 8,000,000 digital pages. The Encyclopedic Research Database provides bibliographic details, extensive biographical and geographical information about authors or persons, with links provided to digitized texts in the Center's Collection integrated databases (description courtesy of University of Wisconsin).

Newark Museum
an important collection of Tibetan artifacts and of manuscripts relating to the work of Dr. A. Shelton, an American Protestant Missionary who worked in Batang in the early 20th century.

Latse Library
formerly Himalayan and Inner Asian Resources (HIAR), is a major library of modern Tibetan publications, linked to the Trace Foundation in Manhattan.

Tibet Himalaya Digital Library (University of Virginia)
This site includes scholarship on oral and written Tibetan literature; an online dictionary; bibliographies; lingustic studies; and the Samantabhadra Collection (reproduction with annotation and analysis and translation of Tibetan literature in Nying-ma tradition).

Himalayan Art Resources
an extensive, digitized collection of traditional Tibetan religious art.

The Program works closely with a number of Tibetan studies programs abroad, such as those at the Universities of Tibet, Vienna, Oxford, and Cambridge, as well as with U.S. programs at Virginia, Harvard, Chicago, Indiana and other institutions.