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Nathan S. Marshall Papers

Identifier: MSS 0471

Scope and Content

The collection includes a diary, one pamphlet and a manuscript. The diary was originally written by Dr. N.S. Marshall in 1853-1856 and this copy was produced for A.R. Mead in 1913 after Mead spent a great deal of time at the doctor's home with the intent of learning more about Japan and the doctor's journey. The pamphlet is entitled: "A poem prayer offered by Captain W. H. Hardy... for the 60th anniversary of the treaty with Japan." The manuscript is entitled "A hospital steward and Perry's opening of Japan, 1853-1854" written by Mead in 1965 based on the diary with a annotated bibliography and typescript of the treaty with Japan.


  • 1853-1965



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Born of Quaker parentage, Marshall worked in an uncle's drug store when he was 14 and attended school. In 1853 he enlisted in the crew if the U.S. Vandalia as a hospital steward and assistant to the ship surgeon, where he traveled with the United States Navy when Admiral Matthew C. Perry negotiated the opening of Japan to the outside world. Marshall went on to become a physician.


0.01 Linear Feet (1 Folder)

Language of Materials



A diary and related materials belonging to Nathan S. Marshall, a hospital steward on U.S.S. Vandalia describing Admiral Matthew C. Perry's fleet and the mission to Japan, 1853-1856.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

A Guide to the Nathan S. Marshall Papers
Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff
October 2011
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America