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Manuscripts and Archives holdings related to Japan: Description and Travel


Please also check "Travel Account" section of Japanese Studies Primary Sources in Western Languages page.  

Examples of collections


Samuel Wells Williams family papers, 1809-1983 (inclusive), 1809-1941 (bulk). 

MS 547

There is correspondence with Matthew C. Perry, whom Williams accompanied on his mission to open Japan and on his return visit in 1854.  Williams's letters to friends and family comment on progress made and their reception in Japan. 


Todd-Bingham picture collection, 1837-1966 (inclusive). 

MS 496E

The David Peck Todd material includes photographs, albums and scrapbooks, and other items detailing his career as a leading astronomer, author, and photographic innovator.  Todd traveled to Japan in 1887 and 1896 to study solar eclipses.  There are also photographs of the people of the Ainu region of Japan portrayed in their native costumes.  The Todds were apparently the first outsiders to explore this area in 1896.  Mounted photographs of the Mount Fuji terrain, the area David Peck Todd and his expedition surveyed in 1887, are also arranged here. 


Hooker family papers, 1623-1929 (inclusive). 

MS 289

Travel and description, 1801-1900, through Japan.


Hugh Rechnitzer papers, 1889-1906 (inclusive). 

MS 1142

Chiefly photographs of China, ca. 1900-1905, some made during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. Also photographs of Indonesia, Japan, Java, Singapore, and Vietnam where Rechnitzer traveled on business. There is also a small amount of family correspondence, personal photographs, and memorabilia. 


Historical picture collection, 1840-1980 (bulk) 

MS 713


William Steen Gaud papers, 1925-1978 (inclusive), 1942-1978 (bulk). 

MS 941

Letters to his wife which describe his trips to Japan in 1955 and 1956. 


Ralph Clement Bryant papers, 1897-1939 (inclusive). 

MS 877

Photographs, negatives, and postcards showing logging and lumbering operations in the Japan.


Walter Keeler Scofield papers, 1859-1910 (inclusive). 

MS 437

Includes a log kept aboard the U.S.S. "Lackawanna" during a cruise to China and Japan in 1872-1875 and a sketch book from the same voyage.