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BRPF: Political prisoners
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1.05 m of textual records (8 boxes)
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Series consists of correspondence with heads of state and foreign governments, with individuals concerned about certain political prisoners, and letters to editors. The correspondence reveals Russell's staunch advocacy for political prisoners across the world. Letters from Russell and his staff are typescript copies.
The series was acquired with Archives 2, the print finding aid for which states: “This [series] reflects the concern of Russell and the Peace Foundation to free political prisoners, whatever their nationality. Of necessity many of the negotiations with foreign governments had to be conducted with the strictest secrecy. The frequent successes could not be publicized, but the background to each can be ascertained in these files. The files are catalogued [in the print finding aid] on the basis of the first appearance of a given correspondent in a given file. It is only in these files that we learn of Russell’s connections with certain organizations—e.g., his honorary presidency of the Spanish Workers Defence Committee. Public statements and messages are also to be found here."
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Arranged alphabetically by name of country and chronologically within each county; corresponds with the BRACERS document number order.
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For a listing of the letters in this series, use the advanced search screen of BRACERS. In the “Class” field, enter series number: 330.
List of countries included in the series, with box numbers: Finding Aid
The print finding aid for Archives 2 contains a detailed listing of the contents. See K. Blackwell and C. Spadoni, The Second Archives of Bertrand Russell (Bristol: Thoemmes, 1992), pp. 120-132.
Box numbers: 9.57-9.64
Document numbers: 330.185001-330.188353