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Frank Russell correspondence with Bertrand Russell
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6 cm of textual records (part of 2 boxes)
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Series consists of correspondence between Russell and his elder brother, John Francis Stanley (Frank) Russell (1865-1931), spanning from Bertrand Russell's early life until two years before Frank Russell's death. The elder Russell became the 2nd Earl Russell while still a schoolboy in 1878, on the death of his grandfather, Lord John. He was married three times, to Mabel Edith Scott (m. 1890), Mollie Somerville (m. 1900), and author Elizabeth von Arnim (m. 1916).
Some letters in this series were written while Bertrand Russell was in Brixton Prison (May-Aug 1918) and while he was in China and Japan (Sep 1920-Aug 1921). Bertrand Russell's letters which were sent from prison (handwritten originals and typescript copies) contain messages for other individuals such as Lady Ottoline, Whitehead, and Elizabeth Russell, Frank's wife. Also includes correspondence relating to Frank Russell's divorce from Mabel Edith and the resulting felony charge for bigamy and the court case in 1901. The original handwritten letters are often accompanied with a typescript copy. Most of this series was acquired with Archives 1, with 3 items acquired with Archives 2.
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The correspondence is largely arranged chronologically with letters dating from 1884-1927 (RA1) located in box 6.2; the few letters from Archives 2 are located in box 11.08.
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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: 730.
Box numbers for this series: 6.27; 11.08
Document numbers for this series: 730.079120-730.080040; 730.108101-730.108105