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William Penn Brooks Papers, 1863-1939 (bulk 1863-1896)

University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Special Collections and University Archives

Brooks entered the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1871 and graduated in 1875. In 1877, he accepted an invitation from the Japanese government to continue the work begun by Clark to establish the Sapporo Agricultural School. His papers consist of correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, an account book, and translations. The letters describe in rich detail life in Japan from the perspective of an American teacher trained in agriculture.

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