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Tibetan Oral History Archive Project

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Tibetan Oral History Archive Project


Overview


The Tibetan Oral History and Archive Project (TOHAP) is a digital archive of oral history interviews with accompanying written transcripts (translated into English) documenting the social and political history of modern Tibet. It includes a large collection of interviews from common folk, monks, and Tibetan and Chinese officials speaking about their lives and modern Tibetan society and history.

These interviews were collected by Professor Melvyn C. Goldstein and his assistants during a series of research projects on modern Tibet history and society that were funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (RO-20261-82, RO-20886-85, RO-21860-89, RO-22251-91, RO-22754-94) and during a large Tibetan Oral History Project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (RZ-20585-00, RZ-50326-05, RZ-50845-08). Professor Goldstein is the John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

This is the first of many installments. More interviews will be added periodically . This first installment contains 94 interviews with  the following 20 individuals: Sambo Tenzin Thondrub (25 parts), Shakabpa Wangchug Denden (14 parts), Taring Rinchen Drolma (8 parts), Könchok Samden (3 parts), Taring Jigme Sumten Wangpo Namgyal and Sambo Tenzin Thondrub (7 parts), Lhatsun Labrang Chandzö (3 parts), Taring Jigme Sumten Wangpo Namgyal  (2 parts), Thubten Thuwang (3 parts), Surkhang Lhajam (2 parts), Tsering Chödrön (2 parts), Lungshar Chanju (3 parts), Phabongka (2 parts), Losang Phuntso (1 part), Thando Rimpoche (3 parts), Lukhang Jamjung (1 part), Dorje Tsering (2 parts), Urgyen (9 parts), Gyangkhar Nangpa (1 part), Horkhang Sonam Pembar (3 parts), Thubten Wangbo (2 parts).

A collage of images showing Professor Goldstein and his students conducting interviews in Tibet and India.