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Guide to the W. Y. (Walter Yeeling)Evans-Wentz Buddhism and eastern religions collection, ca.1600-1922
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    Title: W. Y. (Walter Yeeling)Evans-Wentz Buddhism and eastern religions collection,
    Date (inclusive): ca.1600-1922
    Collection number: Special Collections M0205
    Creator: Evans-Wentz, W. Y. (Walter Yeeling), 1878-1965.
    Extent: 20 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights are held by Stanford University. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Use Restrictions

    No photocopies of the material are to be made.


    Gift of Dr. Evans-Wentz, 1923; and Louise Evans, 1975.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] W. Y. (Walter Yeeling)Evans-Wentz Buddhism and eastern religions collection, M0205, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz, born February 2, 1878 in Trenton, New Jersey, attended Stanford University where he received his B.A. and his M.A. Evans-Wentz travelled extensively in Mexico, Europe, and the Far East. He spent several years in Tibet where he became a Buddhist monk. He was a pioneer in the field of Tibetan Buddhism and authored several books on the subject.

    Scope and Content

    Description: A collection relating to the religions of Asia, principally Ceylon. The bulk of the collection consists of items gathered by Mr. Evans-Wentz, including palm-leaf manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs.
    Identification of the works (Sinhalese and Pali) in this collection is based solely on the notation of Mr. Evans-Wentz. Similarly, the descriptions (age of ms., nature of the work, etc.) are quoted directly from Mr. Evans-Wentz, or from a pamphlet entitled, Catalogue of Pali, Sinhalese, and Sanskrit Manuscripts in the Colombo Museum Library (Colombo, Govt. Printer, 1901).