Jacques Marchais original library book
C. Suydam Cutting Collection (1926-1938): Film Collection nos. 163-167
Charles Suydam Cutting is most celebrated as the first westerner to enter the forbidden city of Lhasa in Tibet. After years of negotiations and presents to the Dalai Lama, his perseverance was rewarded by an invitation to the holy city.
Educated as an engineer he abandoned his profession for adventure and exploration. Cutting’s special interest in ethnology is reflected in his expedition films. He collected for the Field Museum of Natural History, the Bombay Natural History Society, botanical gardens in the United States and England, and the AMNH. He was a member of the royal Geographical Society and the Royal Central Asian Society, and a trustee of both the AMNH and the New York Zoological Society.
Cutting wrote about his expeditions and friends, including Kermit and Theodore Roosevelt Jr., in his book, The Fire Ox and Other Years. The year of the fire ox, according to the Chinese lunar calendar is 1937, when Cutting made his return visit to the forbidden cities of Tibet with his wife, Helen McMahon Cutting. Travels to some of the less accessible parts of the earth: Turkestan, Assam, Nepal, Tibet, Andaman Islands, Celebes, Galapagos, Upper Burma, Ethiopia. He was a national champion in court tennis, an avocation he took as seriously as exploration.