The People Involved in the Collected Papers

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+ Advisory Board
+ Donors

Current Members

Kenneth Blackwell: Dr. Blackwell was appointed Russell Archivist in the McMaster Library in 1968. He was the Project’s Textual Editor until 1983. He co-edited Volumes 1 and 7 and has undertaken Volumes 24 and 25. (An edition-in-progress of Russell’s first anti-nuclear writing has been made available for comment.) With Harry Ruja he is responsible for the three-volume Bibliography of Bertrand Russell. Blackwell’s publications include The Spinozistic Ethics of Bertrand Russell, and he is editor of Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies. He retired as Russell Archivist in 1996, being granted the title of Honorary Russell Archivist. He continues to edit Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, and to work on the BRACERS database, a catalogue of the correspondence in the Russell Archives.

David Blitz of Central Connecticut State University is editing Volume 30, The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, 1957–59. He will also continue to work on the Russell Audio-Visual Project which has to date digitized numerous Russell recordings, including, among the more notable, his 1958 debate on disarmament with Edward Teller. Prof. Blitz is a member of the Philosophy Dept. at CCSU, which he has served as chair. He has also acted as coordinator of the recently established CCSU Peace Studies Program.

Andrew Bone: Dr. Bone, who joined the Bertrand Russell Editorial Project in January 1997, is a specialist in Modern British History who has completed a Ph.D. thesis on the operation of the Defence of the Realm Acts and Regulations in First World War Britain. He worked as an assistant editor on Volume 15 and has edited Volume 28, Man’s Peril, 1954–55 and Volume 29, Détente or Destruction, 1955–57, as well as co- editing (with Michael Stevenson) Volume 21, How to Keep the Peace: The Pacifist Dilemma, 1935–38. In 2001 he was appointed Senior Research Associate and continues to assist several other editors with their volumes, as well as working on two more “Cold War” volumes of his own: Cold War Fears and Hopes, 1950–52 and Culture and the Cold War, 1952–53.

William (Bill) Bruneau is editing Russell’s educational writings for Volumes 17–20 of the Collected Papers. His education as an historian and philosopher (Universities of Saskatchewan and Toronto), occasional studies at the Universities of Paris and Oxford, and a general sympathy for Russell’s social objectives, all led Bruneau to become actively interested in the life and work of Bertrand Russell from the early 1960s. A specialist in university history in the industrial and post-industrial periods, in Europe and Canada, and also in general educational policy, Prof. Bruneau taught in the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, from 1971 until his retirement, and is now a Professor emeritus. His most recent books are Counting Out the Scholars: The Case Against Performance Indicators in Universities and Colleges (with D.C. Savage, 2001) and Jean Coulthard: A Life in Music (with D.G. Duke, 2005).

Arlene Duncan manages the Russell office and is a skilled typesetter who has keyed in most of the published volumes, the three-volume bibliography and all volumes in progress.

Nicholas Griffin: In July 2000 Dr. Griffin assumed the dual roles of director of the new Bertrand Russell Research Centre at McMaster University and general editor of the Collected Papers. A professor of philosophy at McMaster, he has published widely on Russell—as an editor of Volumes 1 and 2 of the Collected Papers and of a two-volume selection of his letters, and as author of a number of studies, including Russell’s Idealist Apprenticeship. He completed work on the Cambridge Companion to Russell in 2003; in addition to his Russell scholarship, Dr. Griffin is interested in the philosophy of logic and theory of knowledge. He is presently working on Volume 16 of the Collected Papers.

Stephen Heathorn: Dr. Heathorn is an associate professor in the department of history at McMaster. He is editing Volume 18 of the Collected Papers. He has published widely on the social, cultural and intellectual history of early 20th Century Britain, including the book, “For Home, Country and Race”: Constructing Gender, Class and Englishness in the Elementary Classroom, 1880–1914.

Carl Spadoni is the former Director of Archives and Research Collections at McMaster University. His association with Russell studies began in 1972–73 when he completed an M.A. in philosophy at McMaster. After completing his doctorate and MLS, he worked as the Assistant Russell Archivist under the guidance of his mentor, Kenneth Blackwell. Spadoni is the author and editor of 10 books and 100 other publications.

Michael D. Stevenson teaches history at the Orillia campus of Lakehead University. A full-time member of the Centre’s staff from 2002 to 2006, Stevenson assisted the editors of several volumes in progress and co-edited (with Andrew Bone) Volume 21, How to Keep the Peace: The Pacifist Dilemma, 1935–38. He remains closely involved with the Collected Papers project and is presently working on Volumes 16 and 17. He has also edited two volumes of diplomatic correspondence in the Documents on Canadian External Relations series (covering the years 1957 and 1958); his other publications in Canadian history include the scholarly monograph, Canada’s Greatest Wartime Muddle: National Selective and the Mobilization of Human Resources during World War II (2001).

Sheila Turcon, an M.A. in modern British history, wrote several of the chronologies, three general indexes and collaborated with Blackwell on the Bibliography. She has also worked with him on Volume 24. Turcon is the author of Bertrand Russell’s Odyssey: An Exhibition in Celebration of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre. For many years she worked part-time in Archives and Research Collections at McMaster University. She has recently edited Russell’s correspondence with Lady Constance Malleson, for the Collected Letters project.

Other Members

James Chartrand worked intermittently at the Centre from 2002, when he was appointed Project Manager and Head Programmer for the Bertrand Russell Collected Letters project, until 2014. Chartrand is still closely involved on the programming side of this enterprise, which is now proceeding in collaboration with McMaster University Libraries. He has designed a software platform for “linking” the thousands of digitized images of Russell letters to their corresponding entry in BRACERS.

Louis Greenspan: Dr. Greenspan, who sadly passed away in May 2018, was an emeritus professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster and director of the Bertrand Russell Editorial Project from 1994 to 1997 and its managing editor from 1986 to 1994. He also chaired the Bertrand Russell Archives Copyright Permissions Committee. Greenspan joined McMaster in 1967. In addition to his work on the Collected Papers (he was a co-editor of Volume 14), Russell was the subject of Greenspan’s Ph.D.; he has also conducted research on modern liberal thought and modern Jewish thought.

Gregory H. Moore: Dr. Moore is an historian of mathematics, especially of the history of mathematical logic and set theory. He is emeritus professor of mathematics at McMaster. He has published a well-received book on the history of the Axiom of Choice. In that book, as in many of Moore’s publications, Russell’s work on logic plays a substantial role. Volumes 3 and 5 of the Collected Papers were edited by Moore.

Richard Rempel: A professor emeritus of history at McMaster, Dr. Rempel was the director of the Editorial Project from 1997 until 2000 when work on the Collected Papers was subsumed under the new Bertrand Russell Research Centre. He was also the Project’s coordinator in 1980 when McMaster was awarded $1.8 million (from SSHRC) over five years to publish The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell. He was a member of the editorial board of the Bertrand Russell Editorial Project from 1980 to 1983. In 1986 he was awarded a SSHRC grant to complete a volume in The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell. In the spring of 1994, Rempel was awarded a further SSHRC grant of $198,000 over three years to continue work on the non-technical volumes.

John Slater: Dr. Slater’s interest in the writings of Bertrand Russell goes back to his undergraduate days in the early 1950s when he was assigned some of his essays in a course. He began to read everything by the philosopher that he could find, and he also began to acquire his own copies of Russell’s books, many of which were out of print at that time on this side of the Atlantic. By the time Slater moved to the University of Toronto in 1964, he owned copies of most of Russell’s books. He has compiled the largest collection of his printed works in existence—some 10,000 items by and about him. He assisted in bringing the Russell Archives to McMaster. The original proposal for The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell was made in 1969 by Blackwell and Slater.

Alasdair Urquhart: A professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, Dr. Urquhart works in the general area of mathematical logic. He has also published work in universal algebra, lattice theory and computational complexity theory. Urquhart has been interested in Russell’s work in logic since he was an undergraduate student. He was inspired to work in mathematical logic after reading Russell’s Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy. In 1994 he completed work on Volume 4 of Russell’s Collected Papers.

Advisory Board for the Collected Papers

Noam Chomsky, Linguistics, MIT, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.
Jock Gunn, Political Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Alan Ryan, Politics, Princeton University, U.S.A.
Katharine Tait (daughter of Bertrand Russell), Carn Voel, Cornwall, England


Major donors to the Editorial Project are:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Atkinson Foundation
  • Cyrus Eaton Foundation
  • Metcalf Foundation
  • Samuel Rogers Memorial Trust
  • Trinity College, Cambridge (The Newton Trust)
  • Tokyo Club
  • Richard Buckingham

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