Mather Family Collection

Richard Mather (1596-1669)The American Antiquarian Society holds a rich collection of American and English editions of the writings of Richard Mather (1596-1669) of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and of his descendants, notably his son Increase (1639-1723) and grandson Cotton (1663-1728), published before 1820. This collection comprises over 450 titles and is preeminent among the very strong Mather collections at the Boston Public Library, the University of Virginia (which holds the William Gwinn Mather-Tracy W. McGregor Collection), and the Massachusetts Historical Society.


The Mather Family Collection is fully cataloged in the General Catalog.


Additional information on the Mather Family's publications can be found in Thomas J. Holmes's bibliographies: Increase Mather, 2 vols. (Cleveland, 1931), Cotton Mather, 3 vols. (Cambridge, 1940), and The Minor Mathers (Cambridge, 1940), which incorporate exhaustive indexes compiled by Joseph Tuckerman Day and George W. Robinson.

Mather Family Library
Books owned by the Mathers

Mather Family Papers
Manuscript correspondence, diaries, essays, sermons and sermon notes, notebooks, and miscellaneous papers of five generations of Mathers

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