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Russell's Library
McMaster University, Mills Memorial Library

Russell, Bertrand; Philosophy; History; Literature

The collection was established in 1968. It arrived at Mills Memorial Library in 1978. It was purchased as part of the first Archives of Bertrand Russell.

Material from Russell's library is worldwide in coverage. The collection includes the books that Bertrand Russell acquired and kept, or was sent. Many unique pamphlets, annotated books, and private press items are included. The chronological emphasis is from the seventeenth century to 1967. Items acquired by Russell after 1967, when he became 95, are not included. Books acquired by Russell after May 1967, were sold to the European University Institute. Volumes that were separated from Russell's library are purchased as they become available.

English and other selected language material. Multilingual works are acquired at present.

3,075 monographs; 12 serials.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued and accessible from a circulation database printout. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are recorded in UTLAS. A checklist is for sale.

Physical Access
The collection is in a special 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: No, with the exception of some unannotated books and easily replaceable items.

Reprography: Yes.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Spadoni, Carl; Harley, David. -- "Bertrand Russell's Library". -- Journal of library history. -- Vol. 20, no. 1 (1985). -- Tallahassee : School of Library Science, Florida State University, 1985.