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Shōsuke Satō collection

 Collection — Container: 1
Identifier: MS-0394

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of twenty pages of documents written in Japanese and several pages of a Japanese newspaper. The documents have not been translated, but notes included with the collection offer some indication of their content. A letter partly written in English (1884) addressed to Satō suggests that several pages in the collection form a report of the Maryland Oyster Commission (1884) authored by Dr. William Keith Brooks, Director of the Chesapeake Zoological Laboratory and professor of biology at Hopkins. Satō may have translated the report for the Department of Agriculture and Commerce of Tokyo University. Also in the collection are several pages of newsprint that contain Satō's abstracts of lectures on the politics of Confucius. Written in Japanese and published in a Tokyo newspaper, the abstracts are probably taken from lectures at Hopkins.


  • Creation: 1880-1884


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

This collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Shōsuke Satō, an alumnus of The Johns Hopkins University, was born in Iwate-ken, Japan in 1856. He received the B.S. degree from Sapporo Agricultural College in 1880 and was awarded the doctorate from Hopkins in 1886. Satō was the third Japanese person ever registered at Hopkins. After further study in history and agricultural economy in German universities, he returned to Sapporo in 1886 as professor of history and political economy. From 1904 to 1907, he served as president of Sapporo, and then as dean of the Tohoku Imperial University until 1918. He was named president of Hokkaido in 1918 where he remained until his retirement in 1931. Satō visited Hopkins as a guest lecturer in 1913-1914, the subject of his lectures being "The Fifty-Years' Progress of Japan." While in the United States, he made a special visit to Washington D.C. to call on a former classmate, Woodrow Wilson, at the White House. He visited the Hopkins again in 1936 where he was received by University President, Isaiah Bowman. Shōsuke Satō died in Japan in 1939.


0.501 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



Shōsuke Satō (1856-1939) was an alumnus of The Johns Hopkins University. The collection consists of twenty pages of documents written in Japanese and several pages of a Japanese newspaper from 1880-1884.

Custodial History

The collection was transferred from the Cage in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

There is no known acquisition information for this collection.

Related Materials

Extensive correspondence of Satō is included in other manuscript collections available in Special Collections. See the Daniel Coit Gilman Papers (MS.0001); the Herbert Baxter Adams Papers (MS.0004); and the Jacob Hollander Papers (MS.0059).

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joan Grattan in January 1998.

Genre / Form



Guide to the Shōsuke Satō collection
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
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Baltimore MD 21218 USA