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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1815.1

Matthew Calbraith Perry correspondence

Letters written between American naval officer Matthew Calbraith Perry and various correspondents concerning Perry's expedition to Japan and other diplomatic matters.


  • 1812-1878

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

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.

Biographical / Historical

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


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*68M-23. Deposited by Mrs. August Belmont; received: 1968 July; gift: 1969 May.
Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858. Matthew Calbraith Perry correspondence: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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