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Guide to the Alvin Seale Diaries , 1901-1940
Special Collections M0172  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alvin Seale Diaries ,
    Date (inclusive): 1901-1940
    Collection number: Special Collections M0172
    Creator: Seale, Alvin, 1871-1967.
    Extent: 2.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    Restricted access : requires 24 hour paging period.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Mr. Elvis Frapwell, 1967.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Alvin Seale Diaries , M0172, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    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.

    Biographical Note

    ALVIN SEALE, 1871-19 67
    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.