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Evans W. Cottman manuscripts

Identifier: L038

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three autobiographical typescripts of Evans W. Cottman, two of which were later published. Cottman's "Green Cross Doctuh" was published in 1963 as "Out Island Doctor", and his work, "Early Twentieth Century Irvington" was published as "Oh Little Town of Irvington" in 1990.


  • 1963-1973


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Evans Wilkins Cottman was born in the Irvington area of Indianapolis, Indiana in 1902. He was graduated from Butler University with bachelor's and master's degrees in biochemistry. After graduation, he worked as a high school science teacher in Madison, Indiana. After several summer trips to the Bahamas, Cottman purchased ten acres of land on Crooked Island and decided to lived there permanently. He met his wife Viola, a resident of Abaco Islands, Bahamas, in 1944 at Marsh Harbour, Abaco Islands, Bahamas.

Sometime in the late 1940s the Bahamian government made Evans Cottman an "unqualified practitioner" of medicine, since medical doctors were so scarce in the Out Islands. Cottman later received training at Nassau Hospital. After this training he moved his family to Marsh Harbour. Evans Cottman died in February 1976 and was survived by his wife and daughter.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson in 2004. Finding aid updated by Edythe Huffman on 2015/11/13. EAD finding aid revised 2024/05/15 by Brittany Kropf.
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