Harrison Forman wrote this article after his expeditions to Tibet in the 1930s. In 1932 Forman organized a motor caravan expedition to Central Asia and was the first Westerner to drive a motorcar to the shores of Lake Kokonor in Tibet. He returned to Tibet several times in the 1930s and wrote a book about his experiences, Through Forbidden Tibet, published in 1936. The article, "The Tons of Gold in Tibet!" is part of Forman's papers housed at the American Geographical Society Library. Forman's photographic collection consists of thousands of negatives and slides, including photos and films of Tibet.