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Property account book with some unfilled account pages used for notes on Mayan history and language and partial translation of the Chilam Balam of Chumayel , circa 1928

 Item — Multiple Containers


  • Creation: circa 1928

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This collection consists of seven volumes written by John M. Cotter and reflecting his interests in linguistics, astronomy, botany, and the history of the Celtic people. Several of the volumes are commonplace books that include copies of letters, personal accounting, vocabulary and drafts of translations, recipes, notes on astronomy, and information on plant propagation and care. Other volumes are devoted to his translations, including a fair copy of his manuscript translation of King Cormac's Glossary (Sanas Cormaic), an Irish grammar, an Irish version of "The Catholic Children's Religious Primer," and "The Folklore of Waterford," also in Irish. The collection also contains Cotter's translation of and theories about the Mayan book the Chilam Balam of Chumayel. There is a small amount of loose material in the books, consisting of translations, notes, ephemera, correspondence, a deed, and loan documents.


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

This collection is in English, Irish, and Mayan.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 5 Linear Feet (8 containers)

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States