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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1815

Letters to Matthew Calbraith Perry from various correspondents


Letters to American naval officer Matthew Perry, many pertaining to naval affairs.


  • Creation: 1799-1945

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Contains letters to Perry, many pertaining to naval affairs and letters between third parties.

Biographical / Historical

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


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Perry
  2. II. Other letters

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*65M-25. Gift of Jeanne Therese Tilton (née Alippe), Littleton, New Hampshire; received: 1965 July 15.

Processing Information

As part of a conscious and inclusive re-description effort, titles were updated to include a woman's first name when identified.

Previously identified as Mrs. George Tilton changed to Jeanne Therese Tilton (née Alippe)

Link to catalog
Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858, recipient. Letters to Matthew Calbraith Perry from various correspondents: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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