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Asaeda, Toshio



  • Existence: December 9, 1893 - March 18, 1968


Toshio Asaeda was a Japanese born artist with skills in taxidermy, painting, and photography. He learned taxidermy from James L. Clark. Asaeda accompanied Crocker on several expeditions, as photographer and painter. He drew maps of the Pacific islands and made a ten-foot cast of an Easter Island head, now owned by the American Museum of Natural History. After World War II, during which Asaeda was interned at the Topaz Relocation Center in Utah, Asaeda worked at the California Academy of Sciences

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Crocker-Pacific Expeditions collection

Identifier: Archives Orn158
Scope and Contents

Field notes, correspondence, photographs and negatives, lists of photographs and negatives, six oversized folders of sketches, drawings, and maps.

Dates: 1934-1939

The scientific expedition to the South Pacific in the yacht Zaca

Identifier: Film Collection no. 160
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Templeton Crocker Pacific Expedition, 1934-1935. On this expedition in his yacht, the Zaca, Templeton Crocker was accompanied by AMNH staff members James Paul Chapin, leader and ornithologist, Harry L. Shapiro, anthropologist, and Francis Lee Jacques, preparator and artist, all of whom appear in the film. Other expedition staff members included Toshio Asaeda, artist and photographer, Arthur Pedersen, ship's captain, and George Lyman, ship's surgeon. The expedition's...
Dates: 1934-1935

The Templeton Crocker Expedition

Identifier: Film Collection no. 161
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Templeton Crocker Expedition to the Solomon Islands, 1933. The objective of the Templeton Crocker Expedition, led by Crocker, was to conduct a preliminary medical, ethnological and natural history survey of the Solomon Islands. This film consists predominantly of ethnographic footage depicting the native clothing, trade, rituals and everyday activities on the various islands. The expedition traveled from island to island in Crocker's ship, the Zaca. The following islands...
Dates: 1933

Toshio Asaeda coral reef fishes collection

Identifier: Mss .A83
Scope and Contents Collection contains 21 paintings of fish painted observed during the 1933 Templeton Crocker Expedition to the Solomon Islands, with the exception of no. 8, which was painted during the 1930-1931 Zane Grey Expedition to the South Pacific. Text on the verso of each painting (not all fishes are identified) from which titles were derived.All paintings are signed either at lower right or at lower left.All items except the last two (numbered 23-24) are 26 x 36 cm. The last...
Dates: 1931-1933