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MS Am 2781

Papers concerning Increase Mather, circa 1920-1930: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2781
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Papers concerning Increase Mather,
Date(s): 1920-1930.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Copies of original materials by American minister, Increase Mather.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Found with: MS Storage 281. Collection materials assembled by Carolyn Jakeman.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Papers Concerning Increase Mather, circa 1920-1930 (MS Am 2781). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Found with: Samuel Eliot Morison Transcript of Elnathan Chauncy Commonplace Book, circa 1936 (bMS Am 2779).

Biographical / Historical

Increase Mather (1639–1723) was a Puritan minister who was involved with the government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Mather received his AB from Harvard in 1656, and an AM degree from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1658. He was the sixth president of Harvard College, serving as acting president from 1685 to 1686, rector from 1686 to 1692, and president from 1692 to 1701.
Kenneth Ballard Murdock (1895-1975) graduated from Harvard in 1916, taught English at Harvard and served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and produced a number of publications on Increase and Cotton Mather.


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Negative and positive photostat copies and typescript transcripts of documents and printed materials (belonging to other institutions) concerning Increase Mather. This material was found in a box of items formerly owned by Professor Kenneth Ballard Murcock and these copies were possibly assembled by Murdock for his research on Increase Mather.


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