Library of Thomas Sergeant Perry

TSP portrait 1889

1889 portrait of Thomas Sergeant Perry by Lilla Cabot Perry. (

The personal library of Thomas Sergeant Perry exemplifies his vast range of literary knowledge and interests. These volumes were given by his daughter, Margaret Perry, beginning in 1948.

Perry’s library confirms his reputation as a remarkably attentive reader. It features acknowledged and newer masters of American poetry in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Works consulted:

Cocks, Fraser. Report on Special Collections. February 1985. Colbiana Collection. Colby College Special Collections.

Margaret Perry donor file. Colby College Special Collections.

Robinson, Edwin Arlington. Selections from the Letters of Thomas Sergeant Perry. New York: MacMillan, 1929. Print.

Two Friends of Robinson.” Colby Library Quarterly. Waterville, ME: Colby College Library. February 1949. Print and web.


Books in Perry’s library are described in the Colby Libraries web catalog and are designated with a PERRY prestamp before the call number.


The Thomas Sergeant Perry Collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, and clippings.