Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Corbacho/Pezet mss., ca. 1853-1946, consist of manuscripts, correspondence, photos and related ephemeral material covering a variety of topics, with a significant emphasis on U.S.-Peruvian relations from 1853-1929, as well as important diplomatic letters relative to the War of the Pacific (1879-1884).

Many of the documents relate to Federico Alfonzo Pezet (1859-1929), a distinguished Peruvian soldier and diplomat who graduated from the Peruvian Military Academy in Lima in 1878. Pezet served in the War of the Pacific and was wounded at the Battle of Tarapaca (1879). After the war, he became the Spanish editor of the Panama Star and Herald and in 1886 became the Consul of Peru at Panama. In 1889 Pezet became the Consul-General at Liverpool, and in the mid-1890s held the same post in New York until 1899. In 1899 he was named First Secretary of the Peruvian Legation at Washington and Consul-General of Peru for Central America and Panama. He authored several works on Pan-American relations and economic development. In 1912 Pezet was named Peru's Ambassador to the United States and served two terms in that capacity: 1916; 1919-1923.

A significant portion of the papers were collected by Jorge Maria Corbacho (1881-1947), a Peruvian senator and noted antiquarian collector related to the Pezet family by marriage since 1878. Corbacho was the grandson of Jose Maria Corbacho y Abril (1785-1843), one of the founding statesmen of Peru. Corbacho was a member of the Peruvian Parliament and a delegate to the Pan American Congress as well as the founder of the Museo Bolivariano in Lima.

Acquired: 2011

Collection size: 90 items

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