Reports on Research Surveys by Year

September 5-13, 2013

The 5th Survey of Siebold-related Documents in the Brandenstein Family and Other Collections

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

Locations surveyed: Brandenstein Castle (Schlüchtern, Germany), Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Siebold Museum (Würzburg, Germany)

Local contact: Dr. Bruno Richtsfeld (curator)

Participants: Masahide Miyasaka (Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University), Yoko Matsui (Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo), Hiroshi Kurushima (NMJH), Takashi Kanadechi, Toru Katsuta (NMJH)

Siebold Family-related documents at Brandenstein Castle were surveyed and photographed.  High-resolution digital photographs were taken of three cases of materials on display in the Siebold Memorial Archives inside the castle. Due to time constraints, photographs of a remaining three cases and of materials in storage were deferred until next year. At the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, photographs were taken of letters in the Darmstädter Collection. All photography work has now been completed at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. At the Siebold Museum in Würzburg, the exhibition was visited and the items currently on loan from the Brandenstein Family were tallied and described. A meeting with the directors of the Siebold Society was also held to discuss planned photography next year.

(Text: Miyasaka)