A Guide to the Benjamin Cottrell Papers, 1910-1983 Cottrell, Benjamin Papers Ms1994-035

Benjamin Cottrell Papers, 1910-1983

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1994-035


Special Collections, Virginia Tech

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Processed by: Adrienne Glenney, Student Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Benjamin Cottrell Papers, 1910-1983
Physical Characteristics
1.7 cu. ft. 7 boxes; 2 folders
Cottrell, Benjamin
This collection contains the papers, photographs, diplomas, certificates, correspondence, and scrapbooks of Benjamin Cottrell from 1910-1983. Cottrell, a 1916 VPI graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering, spent part of his career working on railroads and highways in Central and South America.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Benjamin Cottrell Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Benjamin Cottrell Papers, Ms1994-035, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was acquired by Special Collections in 1972.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Benjamin Cottrell Papers was completed in September 2013.

Biographical Note

Benjamin Cottrell graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1916 with a bachelors in Civil Engineering. He spent most of his life working in railroad and highway development in South America. He was a member of the VPI Alumni Century Club. Cottrell died in 1972.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers, photographs, diplomas, certificates, correspondence, and scrapbooks of Benjamin Cottrell. Cottrell graduated from VPI in 1916 and spent his career working as a highway and railroad engineer in Costa Rica and Bolivia. Much of the newspapers, scrapbooks, photographs, and other papers in the collection relate to his work abroad. Other materials relate to his activities as a VPI alumnus.


The collection is organized by material type.


  • University Archives
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Contents List

Papers, 1910-1972
  • Folder 1-1
    Address Books
  • Folder 1-2
    Blank Postcards
  • Folder 1-3
    Certificates and Awards
  • Folder 1-4
  • Folder 1-5
    Watercolor Print of South American Church
Awards and Plaques, 1951-1983, n.d.
  • Box 2
    Century Club Member Brass Plaques 1975-1983
  • Box 3
    VPI Alumni Century Club Framed Award of Appreciation, n.d.
  • Box 7
    Carved Wooden Name Plaque
  • Box 7
    Commemorative Medal
  • Folder 3
    Awards, 1951-1954
Artifacts, 1960, n.d.
  • Box 7
    American Legion Philippines Cap
  • Box 7
    Fez Freemason Cap
  • Box 7
    "Last Spike Ceremony" Commemorative Railroad Peg, December 1960
Photographs, 1916-1968
  • Box 4
Scrapbooks, n.d.
  • Box 5
  • Box 6
    Scrapbook of Brazil (1 of 2)
  • Box 6
    Scrapbook of Brazil (2 of 2)
Newspapers and Magazines, 1954
  • Folder 1
    Life Magazine (Spanish edition) Noveber 1954
  • Folder 1
    Life Magazine November 1954
  • Folder 2
    El Dario Newspaper
    • September 26th, 1954
    • September 28th, 1954
    • September 29th, 1954
    • September 30th, 1954