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Joseph F. Rock Collection

View historic photographs of China taken by explorer Joseph Francis Charles Rock.
Joseph Rock (fifth from left) and Naxi assistants near the summit of Ha-ta-pan in the East Koko Nor Barrier Range
Harvard-Yenching Library

Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884 – 1962) was an Austrian-American explorer, botanist, and anthropologist. For more than 25 years, he travelled extensively through Tibet and Yunnan, Gansu, and Szechuan provinces in China before finally leaving in 1949. Nearly 300 of his photographs in Harvard's collection have been digitized and can be viewed online. 

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Most of the Joseph F. Rock Collection has been digitized