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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1815.1.1

Matthew Calbraith Perry speech and family papers


Draft of a speech written by American naval officer Matthew Calbraith Perry on American expansion in the Far East as well as letters by Perry family members.


  • 1857-1874

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.


.25 linear feet (1 box)

Includes the draft of an speech, ca.1857, by Perry on American expansion in the Far East, two letters from Oliver Hazard Perry to Caroline (Perry) Belmont, and a letter from Christopher (Perry) Rogers to August Belmont.

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

68M-128. Gift of Mr. August Belmont, 46 William Street New York, New York 10005; received: 1969 May 29.

Processing Information

This collection is housed in Box 2 of MS Am 1815.1.

Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858. Matthew Calbraith Perry speech and family papers, 1857-1874: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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