Record Details

CollectionPugwash Movement
NGOBritish Pugwash Group
RepositoryMcMaster University Library
DescriptionThe archives of the Pugwash Movement are well represented at McMaster University Library, among the collection of Bertrand Russell.

"The British Philosopher and radical humanist Bertrand Russell was the first elected president of the Pugwash Movement and a substantial archive of correspondence and printed material relating to Pugwash may be found in the Bertrand Russell Archive at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (ref. X 2/1 and X 2/2)." (source: Cook & Waller, Sources in Contemporary British History, vol 1, 1994).

The Pugwash files in the Russell Archives are open for research, and they amount to about 1.2 m of materials, of which perhaps 16 cm is correspondence (c.350 letters), the rest printed materials (newsletters, proceedings of the conferences, etc). Correspondence dates from 1956-66, and the printed materials cover almost the same dates (1958-64). The correspondence is between Bertrand Russell and Cyrus Eaton, J. Rotblat, C.F. Powell, and others. McMaster University Library also has a separate collection on Cyrus Eaton, including a small amount of materials on Pugwash (see finding aid).

A couple of other fonds in the McMaster University archives also have some letters or other material concerning Pugwash. In particular, the George Catlin fonds has the following correspondence: Box 183: Pugwash Continuing Committee (13 pieces) 1962-1974 (see also "additional information in the related collection of the British Pugwash Group).

(source: contact with McMaster University, May 2007). McMaster University is also home of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre.
Access RightsOpen
Size of Collection1.2 m
Finding Aids/CataloguesB. Feinberg, ed., A Detailed Catalogue of the Archives of Bertrand Russell (London: Continuum, 1967): pp. 241-8 in that catalogue give an indication of the Pugwash correspondence and printed materials held in the Russell Archives at McMaster University. Unfortunately, there is no better description of the holdings which can be easily accessed at a distance. This is the only catalogue, and it has not been digitized.
Reference of Catalogue
Additional informationSee also the description of the records of the British Pugwash Group.
Source of InformationA2A; C. Cook, The Routledge Guide to British Political Archives, 2006; Cook & Waller, Sources in Contemporary British History, vol 1, 1994;
Last Edited at09/10/2007 10:56:59