Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728

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Mather was an American Puritan clergyman and writer.

Mather attended Harvard (A.B. 1678, M.A. 1681) and served as minister at the Second Church in Boston from 1685 until his death. His advice was sought during the Salem witch trials. During his lifetime Mather wrote more than 450 books.

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referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Reference to Harvard, 1654 Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Prince, Thomas, 1687-1758. Papers, 1661-1743. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Stockbridge, John C. (John Calvin), 1818-1896. Three unique books, [1851-1875?]. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Paterna : to my son. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
creatorOf Matthews, Albert, 1860-1946,. Books bought of ye colledge library, p C. Mather, [photostat copy], 1682. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Diary photostat and typescript, 1712. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. [List of marriages, 1709 March-1710 March] Boston. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Hancock, John, 1671-1752. Notes : on sermons : manuscript, 1699-1706. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Silverman, Kenneth. Research materials on Cotton Mather, 1661-ca. 1984. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Mikolaycak, Charles. Mercy Short : a winter journal, North Boston 1692-93 : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Jonathan Corwin, 1712 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Baldwin, Christopher Columbus, 1800-1835. Papers, 1816-1835. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf Saffin, John, 1632-1710. An elegie on the deplored decease of that truly pious and religious matron, Mrs. Sara Leveret : relict of the late hon[or]able John Leveret, Esq., sometime governor of his then Majesty's colony of the Massethusets [sic] Bay in New England : manuscript, 1704. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Royal Society (Great Britain). Letters and communications from Americans, 1662-1900. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Cornè, Michele Felice, 1752-1845,. [Portrait Collection, 1630-1996.] [graphic]. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Allen, James, 1632-1710. Notes on sermons by Joshua Moodey and others, 1686-1688. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Manuscript Passages from the Greek Testament, with English Translations by Cotton Mather, Mather, Cotton Manuscript Passages from the Greek Testament, Undated William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Mather, Samuel, 1706-1785. Letters, 1689-1790. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Baxter, Joseph, 1676-1745. Notes on sermons taken by Joseph Baxter, 1689-1690. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Royal Society (Great Britain). Letters and communications from Americans, 1662-1900. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Notes for sermon, "Christ is a King". : and list of marriages performed, 1704. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, L-Q. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Marriage : autograph notes signed twice, 1702 Oct. 6, 9, and Nov. 12 / by Cotton Mather. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Manuscript Passages from the Greek Testament, with English Translations by Cotton Mather. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Bromehead, Joseph, b. 1748. [Commonplace book], 1765 and later. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Williams, John, 1664-1729. John Williams papers [manuscript] 1705-1728. Historic Deerfield Library
referencedIn Mather, Samuel, 1674-1733. Autograph letter signed : Witney, Oxfordshire, to the Reverend John Walrond, 1712 July 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Checkley, John, 1680-1754. John Checkley letters, 1725. New-York Historical Society Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. And Godly in this present world : manuscript sermon unsigned : [n.p.], 1690/91 Mar. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Royal Society (Great Britain). Early Letters and Classified Papers, 1606-1740. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Letter, 1682. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Winters, Yvor, 1900-1968. History of American literature : notes for lectures and a possible book, ca. 1950-1968. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Allen, James, 1632-1710. Sermons : manuscript , 1689. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Adams, Eliphalet, 1677-1753. Notes on sermons delivered in Boston, 1704-1705. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn James Petiver, FRS, Apothecary to the Charter-House: Miscellaneous correspondence (N.B. Petiver died in April 1718, but letters were written to him up to 12 Febr. 1719.): 1697-1718/9, and n.d.Sir Hans Sloane, Baronet: Original correspondence, chronol... British Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Sermon outline on the text Ephesians, I, 16 : manuscript, 1703 [Jan.] 21. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Batchelder, John Davis, 1872-1958,. John Davis Batchelder collection of manuscripts, 1537-1944 (bulk 1800-1910). Library of Congress
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Letter, 1692 Sept 20, Boston [Mass.], to Stephen Sewall. New England Historic Genealogical Society
referencedIn Transcript of Cotton Mather's paterna [manuscript] 1977. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. A memorial of the present deplorable state of New England [manuscript copy], 1707. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Chauncy family. Chauncy family sermons, book inventory and commonplace book, 1631-1695. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Mather family. Papers, 1613-1819. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Andrews, John, 1743-1822. Andrews-Eliot correspondence, 1715-1814. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Notes for sermon, "Christ is a King" [manuscript], 1704 July 16. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Sir William Ashurst, 1717 Dec. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Holmes family papers, 1711-1938. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, oversize, ca. 1829-1985 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Miscellanies [Commonplace book], [circa 1730]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. [Sermon on Romans II. 16. Newberry Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Notes on sermons delivered in Boston, 1693. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Ashurst, William, 1647-1720. Cotton and Increase Mather letters, 1713-1726. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Papers, 1682-1722 and undated. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Sermon of Cotton Mather, undated. Library of Congress
referencedIn Chauncy family. Chauncy family sermons, book inventory and commonplace book, 1631-1695. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. [Biblia americana] [microform]. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Cotton Mather papers, [1681-1722] [microform]. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Paterna [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Second Church (Boston, Mass.). Second Church (Boston, Mass.) records, 1650-1970. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Mather family. Transcripts of papers in the Prince Collection, 1635-1689. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Gay, Frederick Lewis, 1856-1916. Transcripts, 1632-1786. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. The angel of Bethesda, 1722. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn John Davis Batchelder Collection of Manuscripts, 1537-1944, (bulk 1800-1910) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Cotton Mather letter to William Dummer [manuscript] 1727 Dec. 9. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bromfield, Edward, 1648-1734. Edward Bromfield sermon notes, 1682-1803, bulk: 1682-1721. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Cotton Mather Letters, [1691?]-[1692?]. Boston College, Thomas P. O'Neill Library
referencedIn Letters to Charles Eliot Norton and other papers, 1702-1952. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Papers of Cotton Mather, 1681-1711. Library of Congress
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Denison, William, of Roxbury, Mass. Notes, 1681-1718. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Timothy Shaler Williams papers, 1876-1930 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Manierrre, William Reid, 1923-. The diary of Cotton Mather for the year 1712 [manuscript], 1964. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Cotton Mather papers, 1636-1724. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Fessenden, Benjamin, 1701-1746. Notes on sermons delivered in Massachusetts, 1722-1723. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. ADS, [1708] : Boston. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Richard Dyer: Letters to, from J. Petiver: 1712-1717.James Petiver, FRS, Apothecary to the Charter-House: Letters and observations on plants and insects: 17th-18th centt.includes:ff. 3-332, passim Peter Silvestre, MD: Letters to, from J. Petiver: 1... British Library
referencedIn Farmer, John, 1789-1838. Letters to Samuel Gardner Drake and Francis Jackson, 1828 June-1831 Apr. State Library of Massachusetts
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Letter, 1712 December 20, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn McFarlane, Patricia Treseder. Words out of their hearts : a comparative historical, cultural and literary study of William Bradford and Cotton Mather. University of Houston, Clear Lake, Alfred R. Neumann Library
creatorOf Parris, Samuel, 1653-1720. Examination of Geo. Burroughs, 1692 May 9-11. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn New England papers, 1648-1773 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Williams, Timothy Shaler, 1862-1930. Timothy Shaler Williams papers, 1876-1930. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Resolutions concerning religion in New England [manuscript], 1704-1706. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Sermon outline on the text Ephesians, I, 16 : manuscript, 1703 [Jan.] 21. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Sermon on Ephesians 1:2 : Boston, Mass., 1702. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Childs, George William, 1829-1894. George William Childs papers [manuscript], 1882-1892. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Cotton Mather papers, [1681-1722] [microform]. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Holmes, Abiel, 1763-1837. Papers, 1705-1830. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Goodspeed, Charles E. (Charles Eliot), 1867-1950,. Collection of autographs of Charles E. Goodspeed, 1660-1865 (bulk1710-1790). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Sermon on Ephesians I:9 : [Boston?], 1701 Dec 22. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Sermon on Ephesians I:9 : [Boston?], 1701 Dec 22. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Hancock, John, 1671-1752. Notes : on sermons : manuscript, 1690. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Cotton Mather papers, 1701-1723. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Goddard, Edward, 1675-1754. Sermon notes, ca.1709. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Papers, 1682-1722 and undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Hiller, Joseph, 1748-1814. Letter to Edward Watts [manuscript], 1709/10 February 1. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915. Papers related to the forgery of a Cotton Mather letter, 1870-1949. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the Parts Adjacent in America. Letter book of the Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the Parts Adjacent in America, 1688-1761. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cotton Mather papers, 1701-1723 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Mather, Increase, 1639-1723.. Mather family collection, 1645-1722. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Dogget family. Dogget family papers, 1648-1839. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Columbia University. Teachers College. Education manuscripts, [ca. 1682-1983]. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Cotton Mather Papers, 1726/7. Peabody Essex Museum
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. List of marriages performed [manuscript], 1704-1705. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Webb, Benjamin, 1668-1739. Notes on sermons kept by Benjamin Webb, 1691-1692. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Manuscript copy of various religious writings, ca. 1720- ca. 1785. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Letter, 1707 December 13, Boston [Mass.] to Stephen Sewall, Salem [Mass.]. New England Historic Genealogical Society
referencedIn Hancock family. Hancock family papers, 1690-1886 and undated. Lexington Historical Society
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Sir Hans Sloane, Baronet: Collection by, of papers relating to natural history, medicine, etc.: 18th cent.includes:f. 4 Maryland, N. America: Remarks by J. Petiver on a Natural History Collection from: 18th cent.f. 4 Reverend H-Jones, of Marylan... British Library
creatorOf Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Sermon on Ephesians 1:2 : Boston, Mass., 1702. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Royal Society (Great Britain) letters and communications from Americans, 1662-1900, 1662-1900 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Kittredge, George Lyman, 1860-1941. Notes on Cotton Mather's connection with the Royal Society : compiled by G. L. Kittredge : manuscript, [not after 1925] Harvard University, Houghton Library
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associatedWith Childs, George William, 1829-1894. person
associatedWith Christ Church (Boston, Mass.). corporateBody
associatedWith Columbia University. Teachers College. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the Parts Adjacent in America. corporateBody
associatedWith Cornell University corporateBody
associatedWith Corwin, Jonathan, 1640-1718, person
associatedWith Cutler, Timothy, 1684-1765. person
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associatedWith Massachusetts. Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts. Governor (1702-1715 : Dudley). corporateBody
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associatedWith Mather, Elizabeth. person
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associatedWith McFarlane, Patricia Treseder. person
associatedWith Mikolaycak, Charles. person
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correspondedWith Sewall, Stephen, 1657-1725 person
associatedWith Shepard, Thomas, 1605-1649. person
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associatedWith Sprague, W. B. person
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Lynn (Mass.)
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Massachusetts
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America, North America
New York (State)
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Boston (Mass.)
England
Boston (Mass.)
Massachusetts--Salem
Massachusetts
United States
Chile, South America
Long Island (N.Y.)
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Massachusetts--Boston
Massachusetts
Boston (Mass.)
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Marseilles, France
Pyrmont, Germany
New England
Maryland, N. America
Massachusetts
Madeira, Portugal
New England
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Puritans--Correspondence
Governors--New York (State)
Manuscripts, American
Sermons, American--18th century
African Americans
Smallpox--Vaccination
Psalters--18th century
Marriage--History--18th century
Psalters--Massachusetts--18th century
Earthquakes--History--18th century
Sermons--Puritan authors--18th century
Marriage records--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Puritans--Archives
Witchcraft--History--Sources
Religious thought
Registers of birth, etc
Religious literature--Puritan authors
Correspondence
Quakers
Newspapers--Ownership
witchcraft
Transportation--New York (State)--New York
Trials (Witchcraft)
Earthquakes--History--16th century
Congregational churches--Clergy
Trials (Witchcraft)--History--Sources
Clergy--Correspondence
Sermons, American
Manuscripts
Congregational churches--Clergy--Correspondence
Witchcraft--New England
African Americans--Marriage--History--18th century
African Americans--Marriage--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
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Birth 1663-02-23

Death 1728-02-24

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