Manuscript Collections

Bell Papers

Papers of Sir Charles Alfred BELL (1870-1945), colonial administrator and Tibetologist

  • three boxes of material, relating mainly to Bell’s research on Tibet
  • the material includes diaries, notes and several hand-lists of Bell’s photographs

Related Resources

Collections of papers: British Library (Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections; Manuscript Collections); Royal Society for Asian Affairs; World Museum Liverpool; Cambridge University Library

Collections of objects, photographs, etc.: Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford; British Library (Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections); World Museum Liverpool

National Register of Archives: Bell, Sir Charles Alfred (1870-1945) Knight, Indian Civil Servant Link to record (external site)

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Bell, Sir Charles Alfred (1870-1945), administrator in India and Tibetologist Link to article (external site)

Full Listing

Box 1

1

Typescript diary (‘DIARY VOL. XV’) of Sir Charles Bell, 3 December 1933 to 9 February 1934; bound with typescript diary of Sir Charles Bell, 9 February 1934 to 29 May 1934

2

Typescript diary (‘DIARY Vol. XVII’) of Sir Charles Bell, 1 June 1934 to 31 August 1934.

3

Typescript diary (‘DIARY Vol. XVIII’) of Sir Charles Bell, 1 September 1934 to 17 November 1934.

4

Typescript diary (‘DIARY Vol. XIX’) of Sir Charles Bell, 19 November 1934 to 8 May 1935.

5

Typescript diary (‘DIARY Vol. XX’) of Sir Charles Bell, 6 May 1935 to 4 August 1935.

6

a. Typescript diary (‘DIARY Vol. XXI’) of Sir Charles Bell, 7 August 1935 to 10 October 1935.
b. Typescript diary (‘D[iary] XXI Carbon Copy’) of Sir Charles Bell, 6 August 1936 to 13 May 1938.

Box 2

1

Miscellaneous notes (‘T.N.B. 1934 Vol. 1’) by Sir Charles Bell relating to Tibet: ‘TIBET NOTE BOOK/ 1934/ VOLUME ONE’

2

Miscellaneous notes (‘T.N.B. 1934 Vol. 2’) by Sir Charles Bell relating to Tibet: ‘TIBET NOTE BOOK./ 1934./ Volume Two.’

3

Miscellaneous notes and correspondence of Sir Charles Bell relating to Tibet (‘Copies of some of the Tibet Random Notes Files’)

4

Typescript index for Sir Charles Bell’s Diaries, Tibet Note Books and Tibet Random Notes Files (‘INDEX OF CARDS, of Diaries XV-XXI; TNB 34 I & 2; Supp. N., & TRN File I & II’)

Box 3

1

Typescript index for subjects and themes in Sir Charles Bell’s diaries and notes, etc., bound with a typscript listing of Sir Charles Bell’s collection of photographs of Tibet, which were used by Bell to aid the writing of his Tibet: Past and Present (1924), The People of Tibet (1928) and The Religion of Tibet (1931) (‘INDEX OF CARDS/ and/ LIST of ILLUSTRATIONS/ (Duplicate copies)’)

2

Typescript listing of Sir Charles Bell’s collection of photographs of Tibet, 1933-34 (‘List of Tibetan Photographs/ 1933/34/ Carbon Duplicate’), including a ‘LIST OF UNIVERSAL JEWEL PHOTOGRAPHS’ (J 1–570) and a ‘LIST OF ROLLEIFLEX PHOTOGRAPHS’ (R 1–323)

3

Typescript index for Sir Charles Bell’s collection of photographs of Tibet, 1933-34 (‘SECTIONAL INDEX TO TIBETAN PHOTOGRAPHS/ 1933/34./ (Carbon copy)’)

4

Typescript listing of Sir Charles Bell’s collection of photographs of Mongolia (‘LIST OF MONGOLIAN PHOTOGRAPHS (STILLS)./ LIST OF MONGOLIAN CINE FILMS./ (Typed fair copies)’)



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