Federico L. Barreda Papers, 1856-1879 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Barreda, Matilde Laverrerie - Photographs
Barreda y Aquilar, Federico Luciano, 1827-1883 - Correspondence
Barreda y Aquilar, Federico Luciano, 1827-1883 - Photographs
Castilla, Ramon, 1797-1867 - Correspondence
Clippings (information artifacts)
Ledgers (account books)
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872 - Correspondence
The Federico L. Barreda Papers primarily deal with the lives of Federico and his wife, Matilde. The collection spans the period from the early 1850's through the 1870's and includes over a thousand manuscript letters, letterpress copy books, daybooks (detailed records of receipts and expenditures), ledgers, files of newspaper clippings, a reprinted collection of photographs, and other printed material, including the research notes of Frederick Barreda Sherman on the life and diplomatic career of Federico L. Barreda.
Each week Barreda received personal letters from his president and foreign minister, candidly discussing affairs in Peru. The correspondence includes letters, to and from Barreda's elder brother, Felipe of Lima (an important influence in Federico's life), United States Secretary of State, William Seward, Don Antonio Pezet, General Ramon Castilla and Colonel Prado (all served as Presidents of Peru), Paz Soldan (Peruvian Minister of Finance), Commander C.R. Jones, Captain Tucker, and E.G. Read (former Confederate naval officers who served in the Peruvian naval defense against Spain), and many other important public figures.
Barreda's official dispatchers and personal letters from Washington to Lima contain keen observations between William Seward and Barreda and their activities. The correspondence between Barreda and his wife (who often was visiting their mansions in New York and Newport, Rhode Island) paints a vivid picture of "high society".
The photographs of prominent contemporaries depict quite the gamut of aristocracy within Europe and the Americas in the 1850's through the 1870's.