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Uspensky V. Two Years of Cataloguing of the Tibetan Collection in the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies: Some Problems and Perspectives // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 2. No. 1. March 1996. P. 51—53.


The St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (henceforth the Institute) possesses one of the world's largest collection of the Tibetan xylographs and manuscripts. Outside Asia it is the largest collection of such kind. Its origin goes back to the eighteenth century, and it had been increasing rapidly up to the mid-twentieth century.

At present the Tibetan collection of the Institute numbers about 20.000 items, the amount of works’ titles has never been counted (surely, there are numerous duplicates there). The most voluminous are the collections of Tibetan books printed in the Peking and Buriat monasteries. The books printed in Central Tibet and, especially, in Amdo are also numerous.

Needless to say that the cataloguing of such a big amount of block prints is a very hard and time-consuming work. Attempts were made in the 1930s to make a card catalogue, but the Second World War calamities and the transferring of the Institute to another building soon after the end of the war, along with many other misfortunes of the time, prevented this work from being completed. At present a huge cardfile represents a sad memorial to this work, as the library numbers, which the cards refer to, have changed.

In 1992 the Institute signed an agreement with the Asian Classics Input Project (henceforth ACIP) on the IBM-based computer cataloguing of the Tibetan collection...

[К оглавлению выпуска журнала «Manuscripta Orientalia»: vol. 2, no. 1, 1996]

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