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Bertrand Russell's Library

To search the McMaster Library catalogue for the books in Bertrand Russell's library, go to catalogue and then Advanced Search. Perform a Subject Keyword(s) search using "russell library" (with quotes). The catalogue also has entries for the personal papers of several individuals who knew Russell well and whose papers are part of the Russell Archives. Search under Keyword(s) Anywhere for "russell archives fonds ". The Bertrand Russell Archives also have a strong supporting library.

For Russell's bound pamphlet collections and individual pamphlets—many of them bearing his incisive marginalia—inquire in the Ready Division.

See Carl Spadoni and David Harley, "Bertrand Russell's Library", Journal of Library History 20 (1985): 25-45; and Øystein Hide, "Wittgenstein's Books at the Bertrand Russell Archives and the Influence of Scientific Literature on Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy", Philosophical Investigations 27 (2004): 68-91.

McMaster Library has a searchable, sortable graphic presentation of the title pages of the books in Russell's Library.

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