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John Daniel Cotman Jr. papers

Identifier: 604

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of his Cambridge High and Latin School yearbook from 1939, publications on various studies he conducted in the field of chemistry, photographs, and family genealogical data.


  • Created: 1939-2002
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1954-1979
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/09/2002


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Dr. John Daniel Cotman was a chemist for the Monsanto Chemical Corporation in Springfield Massachusetts. He was its first African American chemist for the corporation and later managed a chemical research program at Mobile Chemical Corporation. Born in Boston, he won a full scholarship to Harvard University in 1939 and attained his bachelors degree in chemistry. He later pursued a masters degree and doctorate at Harvard, which he completed in 1950. He was also a World War II Navy veteran.


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Physical Access Requirements

Yearbook is in fragile condition, but available for use.

Source of Acquisition

Dr. John Walton Cotman and family

Method of Acquisition


Appraisal Information

This collection documents the subject area of African American scientists.

Accruals and Additions

Future accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Inventory available

John Daniel Cotman Jr. papers
Laura J. Beechen
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Repository Details

Part of the Amistad Research Center Repository

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