Fonds - Rupert Crawshay-Williams fonds

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Rupert Crawshay-Williams fonds

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  • 1946-1982 (Creation)

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53 cm 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 in 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. A more detailed biographical sketch can be found in the finding aid listed below.

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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, the manuscript of The Directive Function of Language, and J. S. L. Gilmour’s correspondence with Crawshay-Williams and others.

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The first accrual was acquired from the estate of Rupert Crawshay-Williams in February 1978. The second accrual was acquired from Mrs. John Gilmour in November 1985.

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Accession no.: Rec. Acq. 501 (first accrual); Rec. Acq. 922 (second accrual).

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