The Navy Department Library
Matthew C. Perry and the Opening of Japan
A Select Bibliography
American National Biography. vol.17. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. [See "Perry, Matthew Calbraith," pp.367-369, which includes a short bibliography.].
Appletons' Cyclopaedia of American Biography. vol.4. New York: D. Appleton, 1888. [See "Matthew Calbraith," pp.736-737.].
Barr, Pat. The Coming of the Barbarians: The Opening of Japan to the West, 1853-1870. New York: Dutton, 1967.
Barrows, Edward Morley. The Great Commodore: The Exploits of Matthew Calbraith Perry. Indianapolis, NY: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1935.
Bullard, B. Saunders. "Great Lew Chew Island." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 73, no.6 (June 1947): 705-711. [Perry's visit to Naha on Okinawa.].
Cooney, David M. A Chronology of the U.S. Navy: 1775-1965. New York: Franklin Watts, 1965. [Contains a list of major events during Perry's expedition to Japan.].
Dennett, Tyler. Americans in Eastern Asia: A Critical Study of the Policy of the United States with Reference to China, Japan, and Korea in the 19th Century. New York: Macmillan Company, 1922.
Gibbs, R.H. "Telegraphy's First Asiatic Cruise." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 60, no.4 (April 1934): 495-496.
Griffin, V.G. "Discussions, Comments, Notes: Perry's Visit to Okinawa." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 80, no.12 (December 1954): 1390. [Mentions a small cemetery in Naha, Okinawa, where 20 members of Perry's expedition were buried in 1854.].
Griffis, William Elliot. Matthew Calbraith Perry: A Typical American Naval Officer. Boston, MA: Cupples and Hurd, 1887.
Henson, Curtis T., Jr. Commissioners and Commodores: The East India Squadron and American Diplomacy in China. University, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1982. [See ch.8, "Commodore Perry in China," and ch.9, "Prelude to Treaty Revision."].
Howarth, Stephen. To Shining Sea: A History of the United States Navy, 1775-1991. New York: Random House, 1991. [For Perry's expedition in historic context, see ch.14, "Shocks, Throes and Convulsions."].
Knox, Dudley W. A History of the United States Navy. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1948. [For Perry's expedition in historic context, see ch.17, "Supporting a Buoyant Foreign Trade."].
Krout, Mary H. "Perry's Expedition to Japan." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 47, no.2 (February 1921): 215-229.
Kublin, Hyman. "Commodore Perry and the Bonin Islands." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 78, no.3 (March 1952): 282-291.
Love, Robert W., Jr. History of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1941. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1992. [For Perry's expedition in historic context, see ch.13, "Defending Manifest Destiny, 1848-1852."].
Miller, Hunter ed. Treaties and Other International Acts of the United States of America. vol. 6. Washington: US Government Printing Office, 1942. [For the Treaty of Kanagawa see pp.440-442.].
Morison, Samuel Eliot. "Old Bruin:" Commodore Matthew C. Perry, 1794-1858, the American Naval Officer Who Helped Found Liberia. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1967.
Neumann, William L. America Encounters Japan: From Perry to MacArthur. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press, 1963. [See ch.2, "Trade, Religion, and the National Mission," and ch.3, "Japan's Wall Crumbles."].
Nitobe, Inazo. The Intercourse Between the United States and Japan: An Historical Sketch. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press, 1891. [See ch.2, "Commodore Perry and His American Predecessors."].
"The Opening of Japan." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 79, no.7 (July 1953): 772-781.
Paullin, Charles Oscar. Diplomatic Negotiations of American Naval Officers, 1778-1883. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press, 1912.
Perry, John Curtis. Facing West: Americans and the Opening of the Pacific. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1994. [See ch.8, "Americans in Far Pacific Waters: Expeditions."
Perry, Matthew Calbraith. Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan, Performed in the Years 1852, 1853, and 1854, Under the Command of Commodore M. C. Perry, United States Navy, By Order of the Government of the United States. New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1857.
____. The Japan Expedition, 1852-1854: The Personal Journal of Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1968.
Preble, George Henry. The Opening of Japan: A Diary of Discovery in the Far East, 1853-1856. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962.
"Professional Notes: Japan's Memory of Perry." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 60, no.6 (June 1934): 862-863.
Schroeder, John H. Matthew Calbraith Perry: Antebellum Sailor and Diplomat. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2001.
Shulman, Mark R. With Perry at Sea: The United States Navy and American Expansion. New Haven, CT: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1993.
Statler, Oliver. The Black Ship Scroll: An Account of the Perry Expedition at Shimoda in 1854 and the Lively Beginnings of People-to-People Relations Between Japan & America. Rutland, VT: C.E. Tuttle Co., 1964.
Tyler, William Curtis. "The 'Wyoming' at Shimonoseki: The Story of a Very Gallant Naval Action." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 58, no.10 (October 1932): 1464-1468.
US Congress. Senate. Message of the President of the United States, Transmitting a Report of the Secretary of the Navy, in Compliance with a Resolution of the Senate of December 6, 1854, Calling for Correspondence, &c., Relative to the Naval Expedition to Japan. 33d Cong., 2d sess. Senate Executive Document no.34. Washington, 1855.
US Navy. A Brief Summary of the Perry Expedition to Japan, 1853: Prepared from the Official Records of the Voyage with Illustrations From the Original Narrative. Washington, 1953.
____. Report of the Secretary of the Navy, December 4, 1852. Washington, 1852. [See pp.295-297.].
____. Report of the Secretary of the Navy, December 5, 1853. Washington, 1853. [See pp.299-300.].
____. Report of the Secretary of the Navy, December 4, 1854. Washington, 1854. [See pp.387-389.].
____. Report of the Secretary of the Navy and Accompanying Documents, December 3, 1855. Washington, 1855. [See pp.6-7.].
Von Doenhoff, Richard A. "Biddle, Perry, and Japan." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 92, no.11 (November 1966): 78-87.
Vroom, G.B. "The Place of Naval Officers in International Affairs." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 47, no.5 (May 1921): 685-700.
Walworth, Arthur. Black Ships Off Japan: The Story of Commodore Perry's Expedition. New York: A. A. Knopf, 1946.
Wiley, Peter Booth with Ichiro Korogi. Yankees in the Land of the Gods: Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan. New York: Viking, 1990.