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Bertrand Russell Research Centre


One of the great thinkers of the twentieth century, Bertrand Russell transformed logic and philosophy, as well as addressing numerous social and political issues of contemporary and continuing significance. Since Russell’s papers came to McMaster in the late 1960s, scores of books and hundreds of articles have been published using material from the Russell Archives. The Bertrand Russell Research Centre takes responsibility for the publication of Russell texts and for fostering Russell research. The Centre has three core scholarly activities: Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies (now in its 48th year of publication), the McMaster Edition of The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell, and the Collected Letters of Bertrand Russell—an electronic edition of all his correspondence, of which his prison letters from 1918 {ADD link:} are the first batch to have been edited and published.

The creation of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre in 2000 gave all three of these projects a permanent home within McMaster’s Faculty of Humanities. The McMaster University Library remains responsible for the running of the Archives and for the care and preservation of the papers.