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John Cottrell papers

Call Number: RH MS 1315


This collection includes materials relating to John Cottrell (1868-1945) of Marshall County, KS. Personal and professional correspondence, tax documents, photographs, news clippings, account books, and calendars make up the collection, which spans the years 1889-2000.


  • Creation: 1889 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of John Cottrell

Born around 1868, John Cottrell graduated from Marysville High School in 1885. He taught in Marshall County until 1891. He then began to spend his time as a farmer with his brother, which he continued to do until his death. On top of his farming business, Cottrell helped establish the Irving State Bank in 1916 and was its president. He was also president of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company starting in 1925. Cottrell married Lydia Jane Bentley (1883-1974) in 1899, and had two children, Lillian (1900-1996) and Roger (1902-1948). John Cottrell died in 1945.


.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection spans the years 1889-2000, and includes many records of John Cottrell's daily life in Marshall County, Ks, including financial documentation, correspondence with other local businessmen, information regarding the establishment of the Irving State Bank, and detailed records of Cottrell's accounts. He made daily journal entries between 1941-1943, illustrating the weather of the day and his activities. The collection's materials are mostly representative of the years 1916-1931 and 1941-1945.

Physical Location

RH MS 1315

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Barbara Hilpman, 2013.


Guide to the John Cottrell Collection
John Cottrell papers
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
John Cottrell Collection, RH MS 1315, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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