[INDOLOGY] Manuscripts in India
hspier.muktabodha at gmail.com
Thu Jan 8 15:15:17 UTC 2015
I vaguely recall seeing some article a few years back (maybe on the
Indology list) that Google or Microsoft were partnering with a large
manuscript library in India to digitize their collection. Does anyone
remember which institute this was and what became of the project.
On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 10:53 PM, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>
> Though I have had many of the same types of frustrations some of you have
> had in
> accessing manuscripts in India, I do not by any means regard this as a
> particularly Indian problem.
> Take my recent experience with the Société Asiatique in Paris:
> In March last year, I approached the librarians to request access to the
> collection of Tibetan
> manuscripts acquired in the early 20th century by Jacques Bacot. I was
> told that the collection
> was off-limits, except to one Parisian scholar who had been engaged by the
> Société to catalogue it.
> The sole way to access the Bacot materials, they said, was through that
> After several months, the individual in question and I succeeded in fixing
> a time to visit the Bacot collection
> together. All seemed fine. However, the evening before our appointment, I
> received a message from
> that person stating that the board of the Société had decided to exclude
> me personally because I am
> not a member of the Société! And the person who delivered this message,
> who has access to the
> Bacot collection, is not, it turns out, a member.
> When I then complained directly to the board of the SA, I received a
> rather insulting message to the
> effect that, because the collection will have to be closed in 2016, owing
> to planned renovations, they
> thought it best to exclude me now (!!!)
> I could add stories about a number of other European collections, not to
> mention conditions for
> accessing manuscripts in China.
> All in all, though far from perfect, the situation in India seems not half
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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