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Wesley E. Needham Papers

 Collection
Call Number: Tibet MSS 64

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with Tibetan language scholars, Tibetan religious and government officials, and others, 1937-1988; and related materials, 1950s-1980s, including research materials, notes, writings, and translations by Needham; subject files about Diluv Khutagt, Anzhai Li, Edna Bryner, and Tibetan materials in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; clippings, other printed materials; photographs; and artifacts relating to Tibet, Tibetan literature and art, and Needham's curatorship of the Beinecke Library's Tibetan collection. Correspondents include Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, and his representatives; Tsipon Shuguba and members of his family; and Chögyam Trungpa.

Dates

  • 1937 - 1988
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1988

Creator

Language of Materials

Chiefly in English; some materials in Tibetan.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Wesley E. Needham, 1991.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1937-1988. II. Other Papers, circa 1950s-1988. III. Textiles and Objects, circa 1950s-1988.

Associated Materials

Associated material: Edna Bryner Papers (Tibet Mss 65) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Extent

20.6 Linear Feet (50 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.needham

Overview

Correspondence with Tibetan language scholars, Tibetan religious and government officials, and others, 1937-1988; and related materials, 1950s-1980s, including research materials, notes, writings, and translations by Needham; subject files about Diluv Khutagt, Anzhai Li, Edna Bryner, and Tibetan materials in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; clippings, other printed materials; photographs; and artifacts relating to Tibet, Tibetan literature and art, and Needham's curatorship of the Beinecke Library's Tibetan collection. Correspondents include Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, and his representatives; Tsipon Shuguba and members of his family; and Chögyam Trungpa.

Wesley E. Needham (1903-1992)

Wesley E. Needham (Yale 1954 MA honorary), scholar of Tibetan art, language, and literature, and Adviser in Tibetan Literature, Yale University Library, 1953-1992. Needham also worked for Bullard's furniture store in New Haven, and he was an architectural draftsman for James Gamble Rogers, New York City, 1929-1930s, participating in the construction of Yale University buildings including Trumbull College, Sterling Memorial Library, the Hall of Graduate Studies, and the Law School.

Processing Information

This collection consists of materials formerly classed as part of the Tibetan Collection; no uncataloged call number was assigned. In 2013, the collection received a baseline level of processing, including rehousing, minimal organization, and numbering of containers. Most folder titles were based on information provided by the donor or assigned by the Library for a preliminary box-level list created in preparation for exhibit loans to Sterling Memorial Library in 2012. Some names were updated to conform to Library of Congress name authorities. Folder titles were not verified against contents. Some materials originally housed with this collection, including the Edna Bryner Papers (Tibet Mss 65), uncataloged Tibetan manuscripts, Kanjur wrappings, and Beinecke Library bookplates, were removed for separate processing.
Title
Guide to the Wesley E. Needham Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Karen Spicher
Date
2013 December
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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