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Rupert Crawshay-Williams fonds
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66cm of textual records and graphic material.
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Rupert Crawshay-Williams, author and humanist, was born in London in 1908 and educated at Queen's College, Oxford. He worked for Gramophone Records and High Fidelity Reproduction until 1939 and was a regular reviewer for the periodical Gramophone Records. He was a founding member of the Classification Society and an honorary associate of the Rationalist Press Association. In the 1940s he moved to Portmeirion, Wales where he met Bertrand Russell. He published a memoir, Russell Remembered, in 1970, as well as two books of philosophy. He died on 12 June 1977.
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The first accrual (Recent Acquisition number 501) was acquired from the estate of Rupert Crawshay-Williams in February 1978. The second accrual (Recent Acquisition number 922) was acquired from Mrs. John Gilmour in November 1985.
There have been two accruals. The first accrual is arranged as follows: Russell manuscripts, typescripts and proofs; Crawshay-Williams's journal and his other writings on Russell; correspondence; Café Royal; Bertrand Russell memorial meeting; other items including photographs; news clippings.
The second accrual consists of Crawshay-Williams's commonplace books and the manuscript of "The Directive Function of Language". It also includes correspondence with J.S.L. Gilmour (1906-1986), botantist and horticulturalist, mainly concerning Crawshay-Williams's writings.
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Further accruals are not expected.
A finding aid for the first accrual was also published as: "Rupert Crawshay-Williams's Bequest", Russell: the Journal of the Bertrand Russell Archives , n.s. 3, no. 1 (Summer 1983): 29-40.
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