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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
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  • Scope and Contents
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: John Henry Hobart Peshine papers
    Creator: Peshine, John Henry Hobart, 1847-1920
    Identifier/Call Number: mssPeshine
    Physical Description: 6 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1849-1903
    Date (bulk): 1893-1897
    Abstract: A collection of material related to the life and work of American dipolomat John Henry Hobart Peshine.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English and Spanish.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. John Henry Hobart Peshine papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Mary D. Anchordoquy, November 1938.

    Biographical / Historical

    John Henry Hobart Peshine (1847-1928) was an American military officer and diplomat. Peshine was born in Newark, New Jersey and at the age of 15 was appointed midshipman at the U. S. Naval Academy, but resigned in 1864 and accepted a commission in the Army. From 1893 to 1897 he served as military attaché at the court of King Alfonso XIII of Spain; during that time he provided the Department of State with detailed information on the Spanish military establishment. Peshine then served in the Philippines during and after the war with Spain; he retired from active duty in 1903 due to ill health and died in Santa Barbara, California, in May 1928.

    Scope and Contents

    A collection of 850 items from 1849 to 1903; the collection chiefly contains drafts of his dispatches to the Department of State sent during his tenure as U.S. military attaché in Madrid, Spain. Also included are reports on the Spanish military and diplomatic establishment, information about the Spanish forces in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. The collecion also contains a small amount of biographical material, family correspondence, and California land papers relating to the affairs of Peshine's father-in-law, Dr. James L. Ord.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1940. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


    Arranged chronologically.


    Former call number: mssPeshine papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Diplomats -- United States
    Military attachés -- United States
    Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Diplomatic history
    Cuba -- History -- Revolution, 1895-1898
    Philippines -- History -- 1812-1898
    Puerto Rico -- History -- To 1898
    Spain -- Foreign relations -- United States
    Spain -- History, Military
    Spain -- History -- Alfonso XIII, 1886-1931
    United States -- Foreign relations -- Spain
    United States -- History, Military
    United States -- Politics and Government -- 1893-1897
    Dispatches -- United States -- 19th century
    Government records -- United States -- 19th century
    Personal papers -- United States -- 19th century
    Professional papers -- United States -- 19th century
    Property records -- California -- 19th century
    United States. Department of State