The 27 photographs of Mohandas K. Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) that have been digitized in this collection were found in 2002, in a manila envelope, while cleaning out a file cabinet used for storage. Since then the photographs have been housed in the Preservation Department at the University of Hawai'i Library.
Each photograph was described in a note attached to it, and those notes have been transcribed and accompany the respective images in this collection. The photos do not appear to be originals but duplicates, of which there are many.It would appear that the photographs were used for press purposes, as they were produced by the Press Information Bureau of India. However, this collection is unique because it gathers this particular set of images in one location, and makes it easily accessible through the internet. It is also the first digitization project at the University of Hawai'i Library that focuses on a South Asian subject.
Following the digitization project, the photographs (including all of the duplicates) will be treated as artifacts, preserved in an album, and stored in the Asia Collection's Special Collections Room at the University of Hawai'i Library. These photos are the property of the University of Hawaii Library, and may not be reproduced without permission from the copyright holder.
This digitization project was undertaken by an intern from the Library and Information Science Graduate Program at the University of Hawai'i, and supervised by the South Asia Librarian in the Asia Collection at the University of Hawai'i.