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Arrangement and Access
The Kandell Collection of Sikkim Photographs is organized into groups (called LOTs) according to format--color slides, b&w contact sheets, enlarged photographic prints, and textual documents. Similar subjects appear in each LOT.
A selection of 250 digitized slides and 50 digitized b&w prints is available online to represent the collection through images chosen for books, lectures, and exhibits, as well as some unpublished staff favorites. View online images.
Most of the 15,000 photographs in this collection are available for on-site research at the Library of Congress. (Items that have not been digitized may be viewed by requesting the LOT in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room.) Detailed descriptions of the contents of each LOT are online. The brief listing below highlights the key topics and their arrangement.
LOT 14032 (H) - Single prints
Ancient art of weaving with self-supported back-strap loom . . . http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2011646970/
Photographs of people, activities and places in Sikkim, 1965-1979. More than 500 b&w and color prints, most 11 x 14 inches or smaller; arranged into seven subdivisions: -1: images (with editorial marks) published in Mountaintop Kingdom book -2: images (without editorial marks) published in Mountaintop Kingdom -3: Camera Club of New York exhibition (1971) -4: International Center for Photography exhibition (1975) -5: Library of Congress display (2010) -6: images not published in Mountaintop Kingdom -7: color images; some taken by Tse Ten Tashi
LOT 14033 (F) - Contact sheets
Example of a b&w contact sheet
Photographs from 35mm black-and-white film negatives depicting people, activities, and places in Sikkim, 1965-1971. Approx. 6,000 images printed on 150 contact sheets, 10 x 8 inches. - The Library has the corresponding negatives for 87 contact sheets. (The original negatives are filed in series LC-KAN15). The Library did not receive negatives for 58 of the contact sheets. - Contact sheets are arranged in numerical sequence by the roll numbers assigned by Dr. Kandell.
LOT 14034 (F) - Color slide reference sheets
Example of a color slide reference sheet
Digital prints of more than 5,000 color slides of people, activities and places in Sikkim, 1965-1979. 253 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, showing approx. 20 slides each, with photocopies of the caption information from the slide mounts. Organized in three subdivisions: -1 has the slides used in Alice Kandell's lecture "A Tour of a Lost Kingdom: Sikkim," Library of Congress, March 13, 2010, page numbers 001 to 007. -2 has slides selected by Alice Kandell and formerly housed in a blue binder, page numbers 001 to 027. -3 has the majority of the slides, page numbers 001 to 219. These slides are organized into the following major categories, with more specific subjects noted in a checklist kept with the slides:
- Ceremonial Dances
- Cottage Industries
- Places / People
- Royal Family
LOT 14035 (G) - Documents
Supplementary documents and publications, 1963-1979. Ca. 50 items Arranged chronologically; primarily articles about Sikkim from American magazines, including stories written and illustrated by Alice Kandell.