Cotton, Thomas L, 1891-1964

Cotton, Thomas L, 1891-1964



  • Existence: 1891 - 1964


Thomas Lucius Cotton was born on December 1, 1891 in Cumberland, Iowa. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1917 after which he continued his work with Boston Naval YMCA which he had begun during his college years. In 1917, he went to Russian to organize YMCA activities among the armies of the eastern front. After foreign nationals were expelled, he worked with Allied troops during attempts to aid the white forces. Upon his return to the United States, he worked for the New York YMCA, Foreign Born Division, the International Community Center, the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce, the Foreign Language Information Service, the Folk Festival Council, Temporary Emergency Relief Administration, and Work Projects Administration. In 1948, he founded Thomas L. Cotton Associates, a public relations firm, and later served on the New York State Citizens Council. Cotton died in 1964.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Thomas Cotton papers

Identifier: MS-632
Date(s): 1915 to 1930

Thomas L. Cotton (1891-1964), public relations specialist. Dartmouth College Class of 1917. The collection contains correspondence, orders, receipts, permits, and clippings relating to his career in Russia and later working with the Young Men's Christian Association.