Matthew Calbraith Perry additional correspondence
Letters of American naval officer Matthew Calbraith Perry to friends and family as well as materials about Perry.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
Extent.5 linear feet (1 box)
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.
Biographical / Historical
Perry was an American naval officer, best known for negotiating the treaty that opened Japan to trade with the West.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
69M-137. Deposited by Mrs. Gouverneur M. Phelps, Orchard Farm South Ashfield, Massachusetts; received: 1965 September 9; gift: 1967 December.
- Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858. Matthew Calbraith Perry additional correspondence, 1799-1945: Guide.
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