A.T. "Arch" Steele Photographs

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Created Date: 1944
Contributors: Steele, A.T.
Description: The great mountain Chomo-lhari (Queen of the Divine Hills) which guards the main gateway into Tibet through the Himalayas. Chomo-lhari is 24,000 feet high.

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Created Date: 1944
Contributors: Steele, A.T.
Description: The Monk Chief Secretaries, who oversee the general affairs of all Tibetan Monasteries and select monk officials for the Tibetan government. They are the most influential body of monks in Tibet, sometimes called the "monk cabinet".

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Created Date: 1944
Contributors: Steele, A.T.

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Created Date: 1944

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Created Date: 1944
Contributors: Steele, A.T.
Description: The Lord Chamberlain, influential monk and advisor to the Dalai Lama.

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Created Date: 1944

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Created Date: 1944
Contributors: Steele, A.T.

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Created Date: 1944
Contributors: Steele, A.T.

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Created Date: 1944
Contributors: Steele, A.T.

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Created Date: 1944
Contributors: Steele, A.T.
Description: Shaggy Tibetan dog greets us noisily in front of gateway to the Dalai Lama's inner park, Jewel Park, Lhasa.

In 1939, A.T. "Arch" Steele, an American foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News, living in China, traveled to the Kumbum Monastery in Northern Tibet to see the 4 year old child from Amdo, who was being examined for signs, as proof of his claim to the throne of Tibet as the fourteenth Dalai Lama. In 1944 Arch was granted a passport to Lhasa to again visit with the now enthroned fourteenth Dalai Lama, who was then nine years old.

These photographs were taken by Steele in 1939 at the Kumbum Monastery and in 1944 during his travels to Lhasa, and they were subsequently donated to the Center for Asian Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe. Steele wrote the texts presented in the "Description" field.