Reports on Research Surveys by Year

September 10-21, 2012

The 4th Survey of Materials in the Brandenstein Family Collection
The 2nd Survey of Materials in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Survey of Materials in the Würzburg Siebold Museum

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

Locations surveyed: Brandenstein Castle and Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Participants: Masahide Miyasaka (Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University), Yoko Matsui (Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo), Matthi Forrer (Leiden University, The Netherlands), Toru Katsuta (NMJH), Yuuichi Yoneda (NMJH)

High-resolution digital photographs were taken of un-surveyed personal communications by Alexander and Heinrich von Siebold held by the Brandenstein Family from September 11-14. At the same time, photographs were also taken of select artifacts in the Family's collection related to their father Philipp Franz von Siebold when high-resolution photographs were thought necessary.

A total of about 4,000 shots of Brandenstein Family documents were taken this year. Nearly all the newly discovered letters by the brothers Alexander and Heinrich were photographed during the current survey.

At the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, digital photographs were taken again this year of Siebold-related documents in the library's holdings on September 17 and 18. The materials consisted primarily of letters addressed to Siebold from contemporary natural science researchers and handwritten illustrated manuscripts presented to Siebold. A total of about 1,700 shots were taken of Siebold-related materials in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin collection. However, because many of the materials were newly discovered, there was not time enough to photograph letters in the Darmstaedter Collection that were exchanged between Zuccarini and Siebold regarding publication Flora Japonica.

(Text: Miyasaka)