Welcome to the Regmi Research Series Collection
Mahesh Chandra Regmi, Nepal's leading historian and archivist, who died
in July 2003, was born in Kathmandu in December 1929 to a family of
musicians; Regmi opened the Regmi Research Centre in 1959. As the
renowned University of California scholar Leo Rose remarked in the mid-
1970s, Regmi's decision to start a private research centre, "was almost
inconceivable in Nepal at that time", especially because there were no
"assured sources of financial support from either the government of
Nepal, a Nepali educational institution, or a foreign foundation".
Regmi's initiative, Rose continued, "was indicative not only of a
proclivity for entrepreneurship rare in Nepal but also of an independence
of mind and a dedication to scholarship". Father Dr. Ludwig F. Stiller,
originally an American Jesuit who has now acquired Nepali citizenship and
is an eminent scholar of Nepal, calls the Regmi Research Series the
"single most important research periodical in the history of Nepal."
Regmi was a world-class scholar and in 1977 became the first Nepali to
receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award for creating the Research Series. The
award was granted to him in recognition of his "chronicling of Nepal's
past and present, enabling his people to discover their origins and
delineating national options".
Cornell is the leading US university for Himalayan studies. With faculty
members across disciplines, with a special focus in Anthropology and
Asian Studies, together with the Digital Himalaya Project (http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/) linking the
library and the Department of Anthropology, the digitization of the Regmi
Research Series makes a significant contribution to the existing digital
collections offered by the library. The digitization of the Regmi
Research Series has added to the already considerable strengths in
Himalayan studies at Cornell, with a specific and internationally-
recognized focus on Nepal.