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Travel Literature in the Special Collections Research Center

Afghanistan -- Manuscripts

The Robert M. Gates papers primarily cover his professional life, from his work with the Central Intelligence Agency, to his presidency at Texas A&M University, to his retirement as Secretary of Defense.There are folders concerning Afghanistan.


The diaries were written between 1915 - 1922 by Munshi Radha Mohan Lal B.A., a Nazim, a city magistrate in the Princely State of Jaipur, today's state of Rajasthan in northwestern India. The diaries, which detail his daily activities and accounts, are written in English, with very few words, phrases, dates, or notes written in Hindi and Urdu. The diaries kept , April 1918-March 1920 contains entries concerning Afghan unrest near its border with India. 


Eight letters from brother in Tientsin, China to his sister in Oregon. Both were British ex-patriots. Alfred was a chemist and working for the Imperial Chinese Mint at the time of this letters. Lillian was a food columnist for the Oregonian newspaper. Alfred writes about current events in his area, the ousting of all of the Japanese from his region, activities in neighboring Afghanistan,

Afghanistan -- Photographs

The set includes stereoview images from six continents, excluding Antarctica. The scenes capture diverse people, monuments, and landscapes. Each stereoview has a description of the scene located on the back, which are often ethnocentric towards non-western cultures.

Image  of  the Khyber Pass is  located in Box 5.