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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2389

Cotton Mather papers


Sermons, letters and petitions by the clergyman Cotton Mather.


  • 1682-1722 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.16 linear feet (1 volume)

Contains autograph manuscripts and photostatic reproductions of a book list, sermons, excerpts from his diary, and letters to Thomas Prince of Boston (1687-1758), the Congregational minister Peter Thatcher of Boston (d. 1739), and the Congregational minister Joseph Webb (1666-1732) concerning the Hollis professorship of Divinity at Harvard College. Also contains petitions on behalf of Harvard College to the Governor and General Assembly of Massachusetts Bay, and to the Lieutenant-Governor and Council of Massachusetts Bay.

Biographical / Historical

Cotton Mather (Harvard A.B. 1678, M.A. 1681) was an American Puritan clergyman and writer.

Physical Location

Lobby VI.5.35

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources; see individual items.

Recatalogued from MS Am 187 and MS Am 187.5.

Related Materials

The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass., holds the originals of two photostatic reproductions in this collection.

Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Cotton Mather papers, 1682-1722: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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