The Siebold Archive

The Siebold Archive, also known as the Sieboldiana Collection, is an extensive repository of materials dating from the Edo and Meiji periods. The documents stem from the estates of the German Japan researcher Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796–1866) and his son Alexander (1846–1911).
The collection came to Bochum in 1966 and was recorded on microfilm in 1983 to ensure its continued preservation. Further manuscripts, photographs, and microfilms that had originally belonged to the collection were purchased in the 1980s and added to the Bochum collection. In order to facilitate access to the documents a catalogue was compiled which was published as part III of the publication series Acta Sieboldiana in 1989. With the publication of the catalogue, details about the collection were made known to a broad range of researchers for the first time.

The series Acta Sieboldiana, edited by Hans A. Dettmer, Viktória Eschbach-Szabó, Vera Schmidt, and Regine Mathias (since 1999) contains the following titles:

Hans Adalbert Dettmer, Eine Japan-Karte aus der Edo-Zeit: Beschreibung des Manuskripts, 1984.
Viktória Eschbach-Szabó und Hans-Alexander Kneider, Siebold-Bibliographie: Schriften über Philipp Franz von Siebold 1824-1894, 1986.
Vera Schmidt, Die Sieboldiana-Sammlung der Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Katalog), 1989.
Arcadio Schwade, Briefe aus dem Familienarchiv von Brandenstein, 1991.
Beiheft: Vera Schmidt und Edeltraut Wollowski, Kopierbücher und Briefsammlung des Alexander von Siebold: Ein Verzeichnis, 1991.
Roland Schneider, Christine Mitomi, Klaus Vollmer, Satô Masako, Gedichtwettstreit der Berufe: Eine japanische Bildrolle aus der Sieboldiana-Sammlung der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 1995.
Kim Braun, Wolfram Müller-Yokota, Vera Schmidt, Dokumente zur Siebold-Ausstellung 1935 in Tôkyô, 1997. (darin: Siebold-Bibliographie: Schriften von Philipp Franz von Siebold, von Viktória Eschbach-Szabó, S. 451–502.
Vera Schmidt, Alexander von Siebold: Die Tagebücher 1866/1869/1877–1911, 1999.
Hans A. Dettmer, Ein nachgelassenes Manuskript Ph.F. von Siebolds zu "Nippon" Abteilung VII: Das Mogami Tokunai zugeschriebene Ainu-Wörterbuch, 2002.
Vera Schmidt, Korrespondenz Alexander von Siebolds. In den Archiven des japanischen Außenministeriums und der Tokyo-Universität, 1859–1895, 2000.


Using the Siebold Archive

The collection is open to all interested researchers. Copies (and, if the need arises, originals) of the Sieboldiana Collection can be accessed by filing an application to the Department of Japanese History, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum. The exact terms of usage can be found in the appendix of the catalog of the collection (Acta Sieboldiana, part III) or can be obtained from the Department of Japanese History.