Welcome to the Bertrand Russell
University is home to the scholarly study of Bertrand Russell
(1872–1970), British philosopher, logician, essayist, and
renowned peace advocate. The Bertrand Russell Archives came
to McMaster Library
in 1968, where they are in the Ready
Division of Archives and Research Collections. Russell's
library is part of the Russell Archives, along with his
correspondence, manuscripts, tapes, films,
photographs, medals and permanently displayed writing desk.
Send us any queries
you may have about the Russell Archives. The Russell
Research Centre is editing Russell's
Papers and Collected
For synopses of Russell's life and
philosophy, see the entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of
Philosophy and (for those signed on to campus access or with hard copy) the
entry in the
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
For dozens of scanned images of documents and
other artifacts relating to Russell's life, and for accompanying
text that introduces readers newly interested in Russell studies
to the Bertrand Russell Archives, visit the Bertrand
Russell Gallery. A collection of cartoons featuring Russell
is at the University of Kent.
The commemorative blue plaque for Russell below is from a
photo by Toniann Pitassi.
For book catalogues of the original holdings,
see B. Feinberg, ed., A Detailed Catalogue of the Archives
of Bertrand Russell (London: Continuum, 1967). In 1973
another large purchase arrived from Lord Russell's estate.
See K. Blackwell and C. Spadoni, A Detailed Catalogue
of the Second Archives of Bertrand Russell (Bristol:
Thoemmes, 1992). Acquisitions have been made from many other
The Bertrand Russell Archives Catalogue Entry
and Research System, BRACERS,
is an online database of over 124,000 correspondence records, including much rich annotation and quotations from Bertrand Russell's letters. It is undergoing a major revision as
it is being migrated from the campus mainframe to a Library Systems server. The new BRACERS went
live on November 18, 2014. The link is bracers.mcmaster.ca.
Advanced inquiries have been written, including date searches.
The full text of some letters is available online. Apply to
the Ready Division staff
is a curent index of over 44,000 persons and groups who corresponded
with Russell, with the total number of letters to and from
each one. Background to BRACERS is here.