Scope and Content
Title: Alvin Seale Diaries ,
Date (inclusive): 1901-1940
Collection number: Special Collections M0172
Seale, Alvin, 1871-1967.
2.5 linear ft.
Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
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permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.
Gift of Mr. Elvis Frapwell, 1967.
[Identification of item] Alvin Seale Diaries , M0172, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
Scope and Content
A collection of volumes of the diary of Alvin Seale and his wife Jessie recorded from 1901 to 1940. In the diary there are
accounts of various parts of the world (e.g. Philippines, Hawaii, Hong Kong, South Seas, Galapagos, Latin America, U.S.A.).
Most of the information recorded has to do directly with the place being visited, the biological activity in the area, and
Seale's career as an Icthyologist. There are extensive notes on fish and bird specimins, many informative picutres, and a
great deal of vivid narrations of his travels.
Information related to Stanford University and D.S. Jordan is included. There are accounts of Seales appointment to a fisheries
post in the Philippines, work for the Steinhart Aquarium, and the San Francisco Aquarium. Also included are miscellaneous
items and photographs dating from 1892 to 1956. Letters to Seale are in this section as well.
ALVIN SEALE, 1871-19
A. B. Stanford: '96
Icthyologist, curator of fishes, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, 1901-4; assistant Smithsonian Institute and U.S. Bureau Fisheries,
1905; chief, Division of Fisheries; associate icthyologist, museum comparative zoology, Harward; Superintendent Steinhart
Aquarium, Calif. Academy of Sciences, 1923-41, Emeritus Supt. since 1941. Participated in various expeditions to such places
as Alaska, the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, Samoa, and the Far East. Author of
Systematic Icthyology, Icthyology of the Pacific Islands, and
Aquarium Building and Management.