Collection RBSC-ARC-1789 - E. D. Cotterell collection

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E. D. Cotterell collection

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5 scrapbooks
728 photographs : b&w
1 cm of textual records

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Edward Darlington Cotterell was the General Superintendent Alberta District of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
He was born in England in 1881 to William and Katherine Cotterell, but moved to Canada and was educated in Montreal, Quebec. He joined C.P.R. in 1897 as a messenger. His career included positions as an agent and operator at Crows Nest pass. div., Western Lines, agent for the Alberta Ry. & Irrigation Co., operator NYC Rensselaer, dispatcher and chief dispatcher for Hudson div. NYC at Grand Central, Inspector transport Western Lines, Winnipeg, Superintendent car service Western Lines, Winnipeg.
He married Edna Petershagen in July of 1918, and the couple had two daughters, Gladys and Elizabeth. In June 1917 he became the Superintendent transport for Western Lines until 1928, when he became the General Superintendent of the Manitoba district. He served as General Superintendent of the Saskatchewan district from Nov 1931 to May 1932. In May 1932 he was appointed the General Superintendent of the Alberta District of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Later he was appointed a Vice President and general manager for C.P.R. at the headquarters in Toronto.
He was an Anglican, conservative member of the Calgary community involved with the council of the Calgary Board of Trade and Ranchmens Club, and the Canadian Masonic fraternity.

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The collection consists of five scrapbooks with materials and photographs mainly related to the Canadian Pacific Railway and the career of E.D. Cotterell. One scrapbook is dedicated to the Quebec Conference in 1943, a high-level military discussion which included Winston Churchill, British prime minister, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and various Chiefs of Staff. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King was host. In addition, the collection contains material related to the visit of the British King (George) and Queen in Canada in 1939, as well as other royal visits.

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Donated by Tim Morris in March 2018.


Arranged by Rare Books and Special Collections, loose photographs were separated.

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Includes the following photographs: RBSC-ARC-1789-PH-01-01 to PH-01-265; RBSC-ARC-1789-PH-02; RBSC-ARC-1789-PH-03 to PH-36; RBSC-ARC-1789-PH-37; RBSC-ARC-1789-PH-38; RBSC-ARC-1789-PH-39 to PH-50; RBSC-ARC-1789-PH-51-01 to PH-51-319; RBSC-ARC-1789-PH-52-01 to PH-52-46; RBSC-ARC-1789-PH-53-01 to PH-53-50.

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Description created by Georg Gaenser in April 2018.

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