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Collection Number: 03208-z

Collection Title: John M. Brooke Papers, 1859-1898.

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This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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Size 12 items
Abstract John Mercer Brooke was a United States and Confederate naval officer, scientist, inventor, and professor at Virginia Military Institute. The collection contains letters, 1861-1863, from Brooke to his wife; letters, 1896 and 1898, from Barton H. Wise to Brooke; Brooke's diary, 1859-1860, at Yokohama, Japan; and his nautical log and personal diary, February-March 1860, kept while he sailed to California on a Japanese ship, the Kanrin Maru, which was on a diplomatic mission to the United States. Letters from Brooke to his wife, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Seldon Garnett Brooke, concern his daughter's illness and other family matters; letters from Barton H. Wise ask whether Brooke consulted Commodore James Barron's Model of an Ironclad when Brooke helped Mallory develop the Merrimac. The diary Brooke kept in Yokohama reports his work and social activities, and describes Yokohama and the Japanese people with whom Brooke had contact. The diary Brooke kept on board the Japanese ship records position and winds, events on shipboard, physical descriptions of Japanese officers, necessary Japanese phrases, observations on discipline and organization of the Japanese crew, and comments on the ship's history and equipment.
Creator Brooke, John M. (John Mercer), 1826-1906.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John M. Brooke Papers, #3208-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Diary, February-March 1860, available on microfilm.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1956; 1962
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Mercer Brooke was a United States and Confederate naval officer, scientist, inventor, and professor at Virginia Military Institute.

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The collection contains letters, 1861-1863, from Brooke to his wife; letters, 1896 and 1898, from Barton H. Wise to Brooke; Brooke's diary, 1859-1860, at Yokohama, Japan; and his nautical log and personal diary, February-March 1860, kept while he sailed to California on a Japanese ship, the Kanrin Maru, which was on a diplomatic mission to the United States. Letters from Brooke to his wife, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Seldon Garnett Brooke, concern his daughter's illness and other family matters; letters from Barton H. Wise ask whether Brooke consulted Commodore James Barron's Model of an Ironclad when Brooke helped Mallory develop the Merrimac. The diary Brooke kept in Yokohama reports his work and social activities, and describes Yokohama and the Japanese people with whom Brooke had contact. The diary Brooke kept on board the Japanese ship records position and winds, events on shipboard, physical descriptions of Japanese officers, necessary Japanese phrases, observations on discipline and organization of the Japanese crew, and comments on the ship's history and equipment.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2011

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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