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    Bertrand Russell Archives Catalogue Entry and Research System1

William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections
McMaster University Library
Bertrand Russell Research Centre

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The results of a search will be summarized in a list with links to the full records.

For a full and up-to-date list of Russell's correspondents, visit this link. Check the BRACERS (II) article for still-growing tables of Russell's addresses while he corresponded. A new address was found in 2009, another in 2010.

Abbreviations of Letter Formats in the Form Field

The Form field's abbreviations for letters and other documents are composites of the following common elements:

  • A autograph (i.e. handwritten)
  • C card
  • (CAR) carbon copy
  • D dictated
  • (DX) digital image (i.e. a scan)
  • E envelope
  • GC greeting or birthday card
  • L letter
  • (M) microfilm
  • (MIM) mimeograph
  • MS manuscript
  • N note
  • PD printed document
  • REC receipt
  • S signed
  • T typed
  • (TC) typed copy
  • TEL telegram
  • TS typescript
  • (X) photocopy

    Frequent combinations of these elements are:

  • AC Autograph Card
  • ALS Autograph Letter Signed
  • ALD Autograph Letter Dictated
  • MS(X) Manuscript (Photocopy)
  • TL(CAR,X) Typed Letter (Carbon Copy, Photocopy)
  • TLS Typed Letter Signed
  • TLS(DX) Typed Letter Signed (Digital Copy)
  • TEL(TC) Telegram (Typed Copy)

    Abbreviated Book Titles

    The Published field uses the following abbreviations for book editions. Numerical references beginning with a letter are to B&R.

  • Auto:  The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1967–69.
  • B&R:  Kenneth Blackwell and Harry Ruja, A Bibliography of Bertrand Russell. 3 vols. London: Routledge, 1994
  • Berlin, Letters:  
  • BR's America:  
  • Bradley, Correspondence:  
  • Burn, Turned towards the Sun:  
  • Chowdhury and Dasgupta, Masterful Spirit:  
  • Clark: Ronald W. Clark, The Life of Bertrand Russell 1975.  
  • Dear BR:  Dear Bertrand Russell: a Selection of His Correspondence with the General Public, 1950–68. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1969.
  • Denonn 1941:  
  • Eliot, Letters:  
  • Lawrence, Letters:  
  • Leggett:  
  • Malleson, After Ten Years:  
  • Malleson, In the North:  
  • McGuinness, W. in Cambridge  
  • Mróz:  
  • Nordin:  
  • Outline of Philosophy:  
  • P.China:  
  • PP:  The Problems of Philosophy. London: Williams and Norgate, 1912.
  • Papers:   The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell
  • SLBR:  The Selected Letters of Bertrand Russell. 2 vols. Edited by Nicholas Griffin. Vol. 1, London: Penguin Books, 1992; Vol. 2 (assisted by Alison Roberts Miculan), London: Routledge, 2001. References are by letter number.
  • Reichenbach,
  • Santayana, Letters:  
  • Schmid, Russell—Couturat  
  • Utley:  
  • Wells, Correspondence:  
  • Yours Faithfully, BR:  Yours Faithfully, Bertrand Russell
  • For printouts and enhanced searching, contact the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections.

    For the database structure, see "Description of BRACERS Fields".

    1 For background on the system, see K. Blackwell, "BRACERS (I)", Russell, n.s. 10 (1990): 158–64; "BRACERS (III): System Review and Querying the Topic_Text Field", Russell, n.s. 15 (1995): 65–72; "Doing Archival History with BRACERS", The Bertrand Russell Research Centre Newsletter, no. 2 (2003): 3–4.


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