Fonds - Edith Russell fonds

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Edith Russell fonds

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  • 1767-1977, predominant 1952-1977 (Creation)

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3.5 m of textual records 38 photographs realia

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Edith Finch was born to Edward Bronson Finch, a physician, and his wife, Delia, on 5 November 1900 in New York city. She was educated at Bryn Mawr college and St. Hilda's College, Oxford. Returning to Bryn Mawr, she was employed from time to time as an instructor of English literature, but she never became a permanent member of the faculty. She published biographies of Wilfred Scawen Blunt in 1938 and Carey Thomas, a president of Bryn Mawr, in 1947. She was a close friend of Lucy Martin Donnelly, English professor at Bryn Mawr, and a friend of both Bertrand Russell and his first wife Alys. She married Bertrand Russell in December 1952 and supported him in his many social activist causes. She died on 1 January 1978. A longer biographical sketch can be found in the finding aid listed below.

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The contents of the fonds mainly concerns Edith's life after her marriage to Russell. The fonds has been arranged in the following series: correspondence, books by Edith Russell, manuscripts by Edith Russell, manuscripts by others, personal documents, diaries, photographs, greeting cards, miscellaneous, Lucy Donnelly papers. The correspondence is arranged into the following sub-series: general, family, George Allen Unwin Ltd., travel, large print books, financial/legal, domestic, Finch genealogy, press clippings, Bertrand Russell: his correspondence, death of Bertrand Russell.

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The fonds was acquired on 24 June 1985. Most of the fonds arrived at McMaster University on 11 June 1986. A number of items listed in the agreement were missing and have not as yet been located.


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Researchers should also consult the Bertrand Russell fonds.

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Accession no.: Rec. Acq. 967.

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