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Media: 17 reels of 35mm microfilm
Format: Guide free with collection
Coverage Dates: 1789-1892

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The personal and professional papers of Thomas Handasyd Perkins exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit that so many of the U.S.'s early leaders possessed. Perkins was one of Boston's most prominent China Traders and an influential member of the Federalist party (eight times a Senator and three times a Legislator in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).

This collection includes letters, papers, and writings of Perkins in these roles. But he was best known for his philanthropy. He actively supported institutions such as the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Bunker Hill and National Monument Associations. He also gave his residence to the New England Asylum for the Blind, and this institution still carries his name.


Titles from the Massachusetts Historical Society Collections may be purchased by individual reel.

  • Content Type: Guide free with collection
  • MARC Records: Yes

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