John M. Cotter papers
- 1916 - 1938
Scope and Contents
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.
- Cotter, John M. (Person)
Language of Materials
This collection is in English, Irish, and Mayan.
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.
Massachusetts resident, salesman, gardener, and translator. John M. Cotter was born in Ireland in the 1860s or 1870s, came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century, and worked as a salesman and gardener in Cambridge and Lexington, Massachusetts. Cotter was an autodidact with a great interest in linguistics, astronomy, and the history of the Celtic people. He translated works of Irish grammar, folklore, and religion, as well as the Chilam Balam of Chumayel, a Mayan mythological work.
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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. Volumes include copies and drafts of letters; personal accounting; recipes for tea, beer, and rum; notes on astronomy; information on plant propagation and care; essays on Celtic history; and Irish and Mayan vocabulary and translations. Translations and transcriptions include King Cormac's Glossary (Sanas Cormaic) in Irish and English; an Irish grammar; "The Catholic Children's Religious Primer" in Irish; "The Folklore of Waterford" in Irish; and the Mayan book, the Chilam Balam of Chumayel, in Mayan and English.
Loose materials found within the volumes were housed separately for preservation purposes.
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