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Eric Parker fonds
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Village Children

Item is a negative showing children posing outdoors in front of a building.

Valley

Item is a negative showing a valley. It appears to be taken from a window as it is framed at the sides and top.

General notes

The ‘General Notes” include eight leaves that appear to be written by Col. Parker, but are not dated. They include notes on such topics as ‘the moral code’, ‘2 cycles of time’, ‘Lhasa cathedra’, ‘Eight Fold Path’, and lists that include categories such as, ‘journey’, ‘country’, ‘weather’, ‘sport’, ‘people’, ‘customs’, etc..

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Eric Parker fonds

  • 4
  • Fundo
  • ca. 1910-11 - 198?

The fonds consists primarily of material accumulated and/or created by Lt. Col. Parker during the period of his military duties in Tibet and time spent there after his release from the military (1921-1924). This material includes textual records such as correspondence relating to military matters with Sir Charles Bell, and those written to, and received from, Tibetan officers and the 13th Dalai Lama. A few letters written in Tibetan have been recently translated into English and are included in the fonds. Other textual materials includes handwritten speech and other notes, published documents such as an Almanac (written in Tibetan), newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous items such as philatelic materials and handwritten children's rhymes and songs.

The fonds also contains a collection of black and white photographs and negatives, the majority of which were images taken by Lt. Col. Parker, while others, predate Parker’s time in Tibet. The photographs are housed in two albums (Photograph Collections A and B), and show Tibet primarily in the 1920s. The images depict military and domestic scenes in Tibet including photographs of individuals from all social strata, as well as local architecture and landscapes. Some of the places (e.g., monasteries) no longer exist. The albums also contain more recent colour prints of the many Tibetan objects acquired by the Parkers (and now housed in the Ethnology Collection at the Museum of Anthropology). Some duplicates occur within and between albums. The negatives correspond to prints in one album (Photograph Collection A). Only a small number of negatives have not been printed.
The fonds is arranged in the following 3 series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Photographs
  3. Miscellaneous Materials

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Governor Gyantse Kenchung

Item is a photograph showing one man, the Kenchung, and his sectaries. Kenchung is the title given to the ecclesiastical Governor of the district surrounding Gyantse.

Oracle Gyentse [?]

Item is a photograph showing one man, the Oracle of Gyentse, seated with two others standing behind. The men are wearing robes, and the two men standing are also wearing hats with large brims.

Kangchenjunga NE

Item is a photograph of a the landscape with a meadow in the foreground and mountains in the background.

Monks [at] Chumbie

Item is a negative showing a group of Tibet soldiers standing in front of a stone wall.

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Yatong

Item is a negative showing the mountainous landscape of Yutang with a large river in the foreground. There is a wooden bridge crossing the river.

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