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Fassett A. Cotton papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2698

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopied, mimeographed, typed and autographed and signed letters, speeches, newspaper articles and miscellaneous from Fassett Cotton, Kate Milner Rabb, Theodore Roosevelt and others in Indiana and elsewhere ranging from 1893 to 1943 regarding education, Fassett Cotton, government issues and other topics.


  • 1893-1945, undated

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

Fassett Allen Cotton Was born in Nineveh, Indiana to Marion Irwin and Rachel Amanda (Wright) Cotton on May 1, 1862. He was one of three children. He taught school from 1882-1889 and was a student at Terre Haute State Normal School (now Indiana State University). He was Henry County superintendent of schools from 1889-1895 and served as deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1895-1901. He received an A.B. from Butler University in 1902 and a Ph.B. from the University of Chicago in 1903.

He served as Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1903 to 1909. In 1905, Franklin College awarded him the degree of Doctor of Laws to recognize his work to improve Indiana's rural schools. He became the president of the La Crosse Normal School (now University of Wisconsin-La Crosse) in La Crosse, Wisconsin and served from 1909-1924. He was the president of Northern Arizona Normal School (now Northern Arizona University) from 1924-1926. He then traveled and lectured in the west until 1935. In 1936, he became associated with Central Normal College (later Canterbury College, now defunct) in Danville, Indiana until his death in 1942.

He married Florence N. Wright in Henry County, Indiana on November 1885, with whom he had three children and who died in 1900. He married Lena L. Dobson on October 14, 1903 in Marion, Indiana.

Dr. Cotton died on April 2, 1942 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Information found within the collection.

"Central Normal College". Indiana Historical Bureau. Retrieved 2014/09/30.

"Cotton, F. A.". F. A. Cotton, 1925-1926. Retrieved 2014/09/30.

"Cotton, Fassett A.". 1870 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/09/30.

"Cotton, Fassett A.". 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/09/30.

"Cotton, Fassett A.". Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Retrieved 2014/09/30.

"Cotton, Fassett A.". Indiana, Select Marriages, 1780-1992. Retrieved 2014/09/30.

"Cotton, Fassett Allen". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/09/30.

"Cotton, Fassett Allen". (1949) In Indiana Authors and their books, 1816-1916: biographical sketches of authors who published during the first century of Indiana statehood, with lists of their books. (p. 23). Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College. ISLI 16.810 B291I

"Cotton, Fassett Allen". (p. 413). Who's Who in America, 1908-1909. Chicago, IL: Marquis Who's Who. Print.

"Cotton, Florence N. Wright". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/09/30.


0.1 Cubic Feet (4 folders)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Fassett Cotton on 1952/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999 by Phillip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2014/09/30 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.