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Re: Baranov 1918


Trevor Kenchington <[log in to unmask]>


Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>


Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:20:13 -0400





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For Heino and the others who seek a translation of Baranov (1918), I
have both good and bad news.

I have recovered my copy from storage and it has no copyright
statement, no named publisher, nor any date more recent than 1934, so
I can't see why it should not be freely distributed. I will scan it
to PDF as soon as I can and put it on my personal website. (It will
be much too large a file for e-mail distribution.) Once that is done,
I will post the URL here. However, I cannot leave the scans on my
site indefinitely, with every fisheries student going there for a
copy and using up bandwidth, so I will ask anyone with access to
institutional servers to please make a copy available to the wider

As to the bad news: Heino asked specifically for Bill Ricker's
translation of Baranov, which was prepared in 1946. I assumed that
that was what I had, since my copy came from Ricker's former employer
only a few years after he retired. However, it turns out that the
version I have was translated by Natalie Notkin in 1934. Those who
just want to read Baranov in English translation will find that the
version that I will scan is fine but if anyone specifically needs
Ricker's translation for some reason, I'm afraid that I can't help.

A quick Google search suggests that the paper has been translated
three times, one of them apparently prepared for E.S.Russell, of the
Lowestoft lab, in 1938. Searching also throws up that Notkin had been
Assistant Librarian in the Seattle Public Library. She was fired in
1932 because someone denounced the Russian-language books in her
section of the library as Bolshevik propaganda. The Seattle Chief of
Police had named her as a member of Communist International in
evidence presented to a 1930 Congressional committee. I'll take a
guess that she then turned to scientific translation to make ends
meet and translated Baranov's paper for some scientist on the west
coast of the U.S.A. Bill Thompson of the IPHC perhaps?

But I do not know why Ricker, in Nanaimo, would have gone to the
trouble of translating the paper if a translation was already
available as near as Seattle.

Trevor Kenchington

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