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MS Am 1815.1

Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858. Matthew Calbraith Perry correspondence: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1815.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858.
Title: Matthew Calbraith Perry correspondence,
Date(s): 1812-1878.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters written between American naval officer Matthew Calbraith Perry and various correspondents concerning Perry's expedition to Japan and other diplomatic matters.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*68M-23. Deposited by Mrs. August Belmont; received: 1968 July; gift: 1969 May.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Matthew Calbraith Perry Correspondence (MS Am 1815.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Perry was an American naval officer, best known for negotiating the treaty that opened Japan to trade with the West.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Contains letters to Perry, many pertaining to naval affairs and letters to him from U.S. presidents concerning his expedition to Japan and his 3 volume published report on it; and copies of presidential documents of appointment and on international treaties that reflect the work of Perry and his relatives who also served as naval officers and diplomats. Also includes the correspondence of family members August Belmont, Caroline Slidell (Perry) Belmont, and Jane Slidell Perry among other items.

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