SOAS University of London

Fürer-Haimendorf Archive Digitisation Project

Creating an online resource for the historical study of tribal cultures in South Asia and the Himalayas

The photographic archive of Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf (1909-1995) at SOAS is recognised as the world’s most comprehensive visual documentation of tribal cultures in South Asia and the Himalayas. The project has turned this hidden archive into an online resource accessible to people across the world. By preserving and presenting this unique record of tribal cultures during the middle decades of the twentieth century, SOAS will contribute to the knowledge and understanding of endangered cultures and culture change.

The project ran from October 2008 until October 2009 and was funded by JISC. 

Apatani shaman, Apatani valley, 1944-45
Konyak Naga man in ceremonial dress, Naga Hills, 1936-37
‘[Hill] Miri woman of Rute-Hate village smoking a pipe.’ Upper Kamla River valley, March-April 1945
Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf, Naga Hills, 1936-37
Professor von Fürer-Haimendorf with the Dalai Lama, SOAS, 1973
Naga Hills, 1936-37


For enquiries about the project or to be added to the project's mailing list please email, telephone +44 (0)20 7898 4180, or contact Susannah Rayner at SOAS Library.