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
"Sam-yas, which as the first monastery founded in Tibet, deserves first mention. Its full title is 'Sam-yas Mi'gyur Lhun-gyis grub-pai tsug-lug K'han' or 'The academy for obtaining the heap of unchanging meditation'. […] Part of the original building yet remains. The monastery, which contains a large temple, four large colleges, and several other buildings, is enclosed by a lofty circular wall about a mile and a half in circumference, with gates facing the cardinal points, and along the top of the wall are many votive brick chaityas, of which the explorer, Nain Singh, counted 1,030, and they seemed to be covered with inscriptions in ancient Indian characters." (pp.266-267).
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