Obit: E. Gene Smith who helped save Tibetan literature
Dec. 28 (New York Times): E. Gene Smith, a Utah native who through persistence, ardor and benevolent guile amassed the largest collection of Tibetan books outside Tibet, saving them from isolation and destruction and making them accessible to scholars and Tibetan exiles around the world, died at 74 on Dec. 16 in New York.
Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center, which was founded by Mr. Smith and friends in 1999 houses nearly 25,000 books dating from the 12th century. The center has begun to digitize its collection, making almost 14,000 volumes — more than seven million pages — available on its Web site, tbrc.org, which receives more than 3,000 visitors daily.
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