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MS Am 2641

Cotton, Ward, 1770-1843. Ward Cotton papers, 1758-1851: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2641
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Cotton, Ward, 1770-1843.
Title: Ward Cotton papers
Date(s): 1758-1851
Quantity: 1 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Sermons and other papers of Ward Cotton, clergyman of Boylston, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

60M-229. Gift of Ward Cotton Burton (AB 1899) and his sons, Lindley James Burton (AB 1942) and John Cotton Burton (AB 1944), Deephaven, Wayzata, Minnesota; received: 1960 May 26.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to most of this material. Item (26) is restricted due to condition. See curator for access.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Ward Cotton Papers, 1758-1851 (MS Am 2641). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Additional Ward Cotton materials are held by the Harvard University Archives. See also HOLLIS for additional materials held by the Houghton Library.

Biographical / Historical

Ward Cotton (1770-1843) was a 1793 AB graduate of Harvard College and a minister at Boylston, Massachusetts at the First Congregational Church.


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Scope and Contents

Collection includes Ward Cotton's autograph manuscript sermons, prayers, expense and income book, and comments on classmates from Harvard Class of 1793. Also with printed pamphlets from his library (some signed), collected news clippings, a cabinet photograph of the William Crow House in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and wills relating to his extended family (Thomas Jackson (b.1729) and Lydia Jackson (1768-1849), both of Plymouth).
There also is a printed mortgage deed with manuscript additions from 1818-1845, for the Boylston Massachusetts homestead that once belonged to Ward Cotton. This deed includes signatures of Ralph Waldo Emerson and his wife, Lydian Jackson Emerson, among many others.

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