Reports on Research Surveys by Year

September 6-9, 2011

The 2nd Survey of Materials in the Brandenstein Family Collection

Conducted by National Museum of Japanese History (Miyasaka, "Alexander and Heinrich Team")

Location surveyed: Brandenstein Castle (Schlüchtern, Germany)

Participants: Masahide Miyasaka (Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University), Yoko Matsui (Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo), Reiji Iwabuchi (NMJH), Toru Katsuta (NMJH)

Siebold-related documents in the Brandenstein Family collection contain documents pertaining to Philipp Franz von Siebold and his two sons, Alexander and Heinrich. The current visit primarily surveyed and photographed documents pertaining to Alexander von Siebold.

The collection had already been divided into three boxes to preserve the documents, the vast majority of which are letters. Materials in two of the three boxes had been further divided into groups P1 through P12 and assigned individual items numbers. The third box (approximately 200 items), however, was still in the midst of being processed. Over the course of four days, the team photographed roughly 900 items from groups P1 through P6.

Additionally, the team inspected four boxes of materials pertaining to Philipp Franz von Siebold (VI, VII, VIII, and SAM3) and took photographs of aerial maps of Edo and pictures of rare animals that were presumably obtained in Japan, as well as order-related documents with textile samples produced at the Dutch Trading Post.

(Text: Matsui)