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Books by Bertrand Russell
McMaster University, Mills Memorial Library

Russell, Bertrand; Philosophy, British

The collection was established in 1968. It was begun as an adjunct to the Bertrand Russell Archives.

The collection includes all editions, impressions, and translations of Russell's works. Although the collection is rivalled by the Bertrand Russell Collection at the University of Toronto, it contains some unique items including items in the Lester E. Denonn Library of Russelliana that is now part of the collection. The chronological emphasis is from 1896 to the present. The library actively acquires the few remaining items absent in the collection, in addition to all editions and translations that are being or have yet to be published. Further impressions of translations of Russell's books are excluded from the collection.


1,716 monographs.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued with the exception of mere impressions and some translations. Uncatalogued items are accessible. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are recorded in OCLC. A Bibliography of Bertrand Russell by K. Blackwell and H. Ruja, 3 vols (London and New York: Routledge, 1994), describes all editions.

Physical Access
The collection is in a specia1 collections area which is open to the public. For further information about the collection visit: For information about access to the collection visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Yes, with the exception of irreplaceable items.

Reprography: Yes.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.