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The Documentation, Archiving And Dissemination Of Visual Resources: An Introduction To The Western Himalaya Archive Vienna

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This chapter emphasises the importance of archiving and working with archive material with specific regard to scientific research in the Indo-Tibetan cultural area in the Western Himalaya. A few examples of historiographic and visual records points out to what extent the researchers, especially art historians, working in the Western Himalayan region have to rely on archival evidence. The chapter presents the Western Himalaya Archive Vienna (WHAV) and shows the ideas, practices and procedures of the organisation of the image collection and efforts in preserving this visual documentation. The main objective of the archival work is the systematic identification and classification of records with enduring value. The archival work has the essential custodial task to facilitate the research of visual resources. The WHAV considers itself not only as an efficient research tool, but also sees preservation as a key component of visual resources management.

Keywords: Indo-Tibetan cultural area; visual resources management; Western Himalaya Archive Vienna; Western Himalaya Archive Vienna (WHAV)



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