1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 15, 2020 2:37 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking a photograph of Jules Ferrette


      I am writing a biography of Jules Ferrette (1828-1904), a Frenchman who emigrated to America and became an American citizen at Cambridge, Massachusetts on 31 December 1874. He had earlier been professed as a Dominican monk in Rome with the religious name of 'Raymond' and consecrated in Syria as Bishop of Iona with another religious name of 'Julius', so he was later referred to as 'Julius Raymond Ferrette'.  He later moved to Geneva in Switzerland where he died. I am trying to obtain a photograph of him and hope that when he became a citizen and was issued with several passports he may have submitted photographs to the US Consulates and Legations. Attached are documents which may assist you in tracing records concerning him.


        • Re: Seeking a photograph of Jules Ferrette
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Mr. Newman-Norton,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Passport Applications, 10/31/1795 - 12/31/1905  and the series Registers and Indexes for Passport Applications, 1810 - 1906 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that include the name of the applicant, the date of the application and, after 1834, application number. Some of the registers also provide a brief physical description of the applicant and information on people with whom they were traveling.The later applications may include photographs. We also located the series United States Consular Records for Geneva, Switzerland, 1855 - 1940 in the Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (Record Group 84) that include 6 file units when we used the terms “passport applications” and “Geneva.” They may contain information about Jules Ferrette.  For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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