A set of 50 photographs and associated handwritten descriptive notes, acquired from the Imperial Russian Geographical Society in St. Petersburg. The complete notes, "1904 View of Great Tibet", are available at: http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/u?/tibet,94
"Huc gives a fuller description: 'The temples and houses of Sera stand on a slope of the mountain-spur, planted with hollies and cypresses. At a distance these buildings, ranged in the form of an amphitheatre, one above the other, and standing out upon the green base of the hill, present an attractive and picturesque sight. […] The monastery of Sera is remarkable for three large temples of several storeys in height, all the rooms of which are gilded throughout. Thence the name from ser, the Tibetan for 'gold'." (p. 269).
Waddell, L.A. (1899). The Buddhism of Tibet or Lamaism. London: Luzac & Co. Available through Google Books at: http://books.google.com/books?id=V-DJFl8VBhEC&pg=RA1-PR7&d