Here we have collected together numerous links that those interested in Russell studies should find useful.

Bertrand Russell Archives

The Bertrand Russell Archives and Research Centre are located in “Russell House” (88 Forsyth Ave. N.; Hamilton, Ontario) at McMaster University.  In 1968, Russell, anxious to preserve his legacy and finance the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, sold his papers to the McMaster University Library, then headed by William Ready. The first acquisition of material (RA1) came during the last years of Russell’s life; the second acquisition (RA2) came four years after Russell’s death; the third (RA3) is on-going, as new material is discovered, purchased or photocopied. It arrives weekly. Ken Blackwell, as the Honorary Russell Archivist is more than honorary: besides playing a major role in cataloguing both RA1 and RA2, he edits Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies and maintains BRACERS, the database of Russell’s letters. For many years Carl Spadoni, recently retired but still active, was Head of the Archives and Research Collections Division which houses the Russell Archives. Sheila Turcon is one of the archivists who maintain and update the collection. Anyone can arrange to visit the Archives and see manuscripts, articles, pamphlets, interviews and much more; contact the Archives by email at: The Russell Archives web page is here:

Ken Blackwell has collected McMaster web pages relevant to Bertrand Russell at:

 The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell

The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell are an on-going publication project with the British publisher, Routledge, to print a standard edition of Russell’s shorter writings, whether for publication or not, and his unpublished books. To date, Volumes 1–15, 21, 28, and 29 have been published. It is currently projected that there will be 35 volumes.

The three volume Bibliography of Bertrand Russell (written by Ken Blackwell and Harry Ruja) is a useful key to this wealth of material.  Volume I contains: Part A – Books, Pamphlets, and Leaflets; Part AA – Collected Works; Part B – Contributions to Books, Pamphlets, and Leaflets; Part G –  Original Blurbs on Books, Pamphlets and Leaflets; Part H – Original Quotations in Books, Pamphlets, and Leaflets; and Part L – Minor Anthologies, Chiefly in Foreign Languages. Volume II: Serial Publications contains Part C – Articles, Reviews, Statements, Letters to the Editor and Approved Interviews; Part D – Reports of Speeches; Part E – Interviews; Part F – Multiple-Signatory Publications; Part Gg – Original Blurbs; Part Hh – Contributions in Serial Articles by Others; Part J – Extracts in Booksellers’ and Auctioneers’ Catalogues; Part K – Audio Recordings; Part M – Films; and Part S – Spurious Publications. Volume III contains Indexes: General Index and Index to Files Cited in the Bertrand Russell Archives.

The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell, The McMaster University Edition, Routledge:

 Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies

Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies is edited by Russell Archivist and Honorary Russell Society member Kenneth Blackwell. It is published by the Bertrand Russell Research Centre. It has been continuously published since 1971 (there were 40 numbers in the previous series, from 1971 to 1981). Russell features scholarly articles about Russell’s philosophy and logic, in addition to his political writings and popular works. A recent issue was a special number “Principia Mathematica @ 100“, edited by BRS members Nicholas Griffin, Bernard Linsky and Kenneth Blackwell, based on papers presented to a special conference of the same title in 2010, the centenary of the publication of volume one of that three volume work. The Journal is distributed to all members of the BRS. Articles in the Journal are peer–reviewed and available online at:

BRACERS: Database of Bertrand Russell Letters

BRACERS is one of two projects related to the hundred thousand and more letters which Russell wrote and received during this long life time. The project, headed by Ken Blackwell, involves a massive database of letters, with a short synopsis of most of them, that is searchable online. Do you want to know how many letters Albert Einstein wrote to Russell, and on what topics: check with BRACERS. Ditto for correspondence with Frege, Wittgenstein and tens of thousands more, from Heads of State to individuals who wrote Russell with queries, advice, or admonitions and more often than not, received fascinating replies. More letters are being catalogued weekly. The website for BRACERS is at:

Collected Letters of Bertrand Russell

This is a relatively recently undertaken project, headed by Nicholas Griffin of McMaster University and the Bertrand Russell Research Centre. The goal is to transcribe all letters written by Russell, with editorial notes, and make these available online. The project has developed its own Java based software to aid in transcription, annotation, and publication of the letters. The project manager is James Chartrand, and the web-site for the project is at:

Bertrand Russell Library

The BRS maintains an online library of many e-texts of Russell’s writings, as well as audio and video material featuring Russell. The library was created by Tom Stanley; there is a member’s area for the audio and video material, with access limited to BRS members. For username and password, contact at:

Bertrand Russell Audio-Visual Project

The Bertrand Russell Audio–Visual Project has digitized almost all of available sound and motion picture material featuring Bertrand Russell. These have been digitally restored and a collection of 18 DVDs was recently presented to the Russell Archives at McMaster University: the 13 part series of 1959 interviews with Woodrow Wyatt (text published as Bertrand Russell Speaks his Mind, 1960); 3 topical interviews with Ralph Miliband (“Man and the 20th Cenutury”, “War and Peace”, and “Wealth and Poverty”) as well as the two part debate with Edward Teller on nuclear disarmament, hosted by Edward R. Murrow on the interview series Small World. These and others will, hopefully, be available to BRS members for purchase in 2012. The project is coordinated by David Blitz, with the assistance of Kris Notaro and the late Tom Toomey. The project is housed at Central Connecticut State University and is jointly organized with the Bertrand Russell Archives.

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

Russell, after his experiences with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Committee of 100 in Great Britain, launched the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation in 1963 to continue his efforts on behalf of world peace, nuclear disarmament, and human rights around the world. The Foundastion publishes a journal, the Spokesman, and has a publishing arm, Spokesman Books, both located in Great Britain. The Foundation is not linked to the Russell Research Centre. It’s website is located at:

Bertrand Russell Society Bulletin

The Bertrand Russell Society publishes a biannual periodical, the Bulletin. Members of the Society are invited to contribute! Information about that is available here. Past issues of the Bulletin are available here.

Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly (archived)

The Bertrand Russell Quarterly was edited by Rosalind Carey and John Ongley from 2003–2009, and published articles of interest to Russell scholars and BRS members. That series is now ended, but past issues are available here.

Bertrand Russell Society News (archived)

The Bertrand Russell Society Newsletter was a society periodical. That series is now ended, but past issues are available online here.

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