Notebooks, circa 1896-1897 : vol. V, Japan, 1896

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This field book contains Stejneger's notes from his research in Hakodate, Hokkaido in the northern region of Japan. Pages are numbered 501-559. Stejneger's narrative entries contain explanatory notes regarding the characteristics of different seal herds, seal migration patterns, and attitudes of local pelagic sealers on various issues including implementing a closed season for hunting. Also included is a timeline beginning 1877 of the number of seals and sea otters killed, the locations, and other notes regarding sealing for that year.

Date Range


Start Date

Sep 12, 1896

End Date

Sep 18, 1896

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  • Northern fur seal
  • Zoology
  • Zoologists


  • Japan
  • Hakodate


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary

Accession #

SIA RU007074

Collection name

Leonhard Stejneger Papers, 1753, 1867-1943

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 40 Folder 7 Envelope 3