The ACMS library is currently working to build its digital collections of materials relevant to academic research in Mongolia. The geographic isolation of Mongolia and the dispersed quality of the academic community doing research in Mongolia and Inner Asia makes the digitization of primary and secondary research sources an important aspect of the ACMS library’s core activities.
Digitization of Buddhist Manuscripts in Oirat Clear Script and Mongolian Old Script
The ACMS in partnership with Tod Nomin Gerel and the Digital Library for International Research has completed the digitization of hand-made Buddhist manuscripts written in both Oirat clear script and Mongolian old script. Being able to access the scant information that exists on Oirat culture and history, in their own voice, provides important insights into this little understood but important transition area, and into the religious, literary, linguistic, and historical cultural heritage of the Western Mongols within a greater ‘Khalkha’ Mongolia. This is one of several projects being carried out by member centers of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. These digitization projects were funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s TICFIA program and administered by the Digital Library for International Research. The Tod Nomin Gerel collection can bee seen at: http://www.dlir.org/tngc-about
Digitalized Legal Texts of Outer Mongolia and the People’s Republic of Mongolia
The ACMS is developed the collection that contains nearly 1,600 digital scans of laws and regulations written in Mongol script, and it covers an interesting array of topics from the Mongolian People’s Republic constitution to regulations about harvesting pine cone seeds. The project received support from the US Department of Education TICFIA program under the Local Archives and Libraries at Overseas Research Centers (LALORC) project. To view the collection, visit http://archive.mongoliacenter.org/.
Muslim Minorities in Inner Asia Lecture Series
Edited video of a lecture given as part of the “Muslim Minorities in Inner Asia Lecture Series.” The lecture series was made possible with a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers(CAORC) and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.