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MS Am 1815.2

Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858. Matthew Calbraith Perry additional correspondence, 1799-1945: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1815.2
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858.
Title: Matthew Calbraith Perry additional correspondence,
Date(s): 1799-1945.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters of American naval officer Matthew Calbraith Perry to friends and family as well as materials about Perry.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

69M-137. Deposited by Mrs. Gouverneur M. Phelps, Orchard Farm South Ashfield, Massachusetts; received: 1965 September 9; gift: 1967 December.
Formerly 65M-40.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Matthew Calbraith Perry Additional Correspondence, 1799-1945 (MS Am 1877). 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.


Arranged alphabetically

Scope and Contents

Letters written by Perry discuss personal finance issues, duties at home, and naval news. Collection contains a letter of appointment to Perry written by John Adams, a book called "Presentation of the Relics of Matthew Perry" from Japan, letter to John Rockefeller from the US Naval Academy about Matthew Perry, a biography of Matthew Perry, a personal account written about Perry's visit to Japan by a native, and a printed booklet summarizing the Japan trip. Also contained in the collection is a book of illustrations of Newport, newspaper clippings about Matthew Perry and his family, genealogical material, and a deed of sale to Matthew Perry of Peel Island for $50.00. There is also a letter containing information of the Perry family coat of arms.

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