Amos Otis Papers Donated to Nickerson Archives

COURTESY OF CAPE COD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

WEST BARNSTABLE – Cape Cod Community College has added to its Nickerson Archives permanent collection.

The Yarmouth Port Library Association has donated the papers of prominent 19th Century Cape Codder Amos Otis.

Otis, who lived from 1801-1875, was a school teacher before becoming a cashier of Barnstable Bank in Yarmouth Port, where he served for almost 40 years.

He married Mary Hinckley, from another prominent Cape Cod family, and the couple had two children Henry and George.

Otis also served as a director of the Cape Cod Branch Railroad and secretary of the Barnstable County Mutual Fire Insurance Company. He was also a trustee of the Yarmouth Port Library, where he left his papers when he died.

The papers date from 1673 to 1874 and include the manuscripts for his published “Family Sketches” and his business documents.

The collection also includes published sermons, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, deeds, wills and other court records.

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