Guide to the Frances Theresa and Frank B. Russell papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Call Number: SC0166
Creator: Russell, Frances Theresa, d. 1936.
Title: Frances Theresa and Frank B. Russell papers
Dates: 1892-1936
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet
Summary: Frances Russell's papers include: personal correspondence, manuscripts, course materials, notes, and photographs (1920-1936). Frank Russell's papers include: correspondence, manuscript material, documents, and photographs (1892-1903). The collection provides an overview of both individuals' careers.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022

Administrative Information


Gift of Elizabeth Buckingham, 1977.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See:
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Stanford University, Frances Theresa and Frank B. Russell Papers (SC0166). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Processing Notes

These papers were included in 6 linear ft. of materials sent to the Manuscripts Division by Elizabeth Buckingham (SC 167). Due to a lack of any identification on many of them other than handwriting, there exists the possibility that some Russell material may have inadvertently been left behind in SC 167. A researcher should be aware of the difficulty and check in the Buckingham Papers if he/she feels there may be specific material which has been misplaced.

Associated Materials

Elizabeth Lee Buckingham Papers (SC0167)--Buckingham and Russell shared a house at 534 Lasuen Street.

Separated Materials

Letter from Lloyd Nolan to David Lamson regarding the problems in Nolan's budding acting career. 1930's. (removed to SC 103, Box 2)
Photograph of Frances Theresa Russell in front of a Stanford arch. (placed in photograph collection under "Faculty - Russell")

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Personal details on Frances Theresa Peet Russell and Frank B. Russell are sketchy. Mrs. Russell was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with a. Ph.B. degree in 1895. She taught in Iowa from 1895-1900, except for a year of graduate work at Radcliffe College in 1898-99. In 1900 she married Frank B. Russell, Hho died in 1903. In 1906 she came to Stanford as an Assistant in Philosophy during the period in William James gave his series of Stanford lectures. She remained as an Instructor in English, completing work on a Ph.D. degree at Columbia University in 1920. She attained the rank of Professor several years before her death from cancer on Feb. 15, 1936. Mrs. Russell was an authority on Robert Browning and published a number of articles and books on the Brownings, as well as on other subjects. She was also a published poet. She was co-author with Prof. Yvor Winters of the book The Case of David Lamson, published at Stanford in 1934 by the Lamson Defense Committee. A list of her publications can be found in Box 2, Folder 1.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Frank B. Russell was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Aug. 26, 1868. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Iowa in 1892 and 1895.(Prior to this he had spent two years alone in the Arctic doing anthropological and zoological work, which formed the basis for his book Explorations in the Far North, published in 1898.) In 1895 he went to Harvard, receiving an A.B. in 1896, an A.M. in 1897, and a Ph.D. in 1898. From 1896-1903 he was Instructor in Anthropology at Harvard. He was also an Ethnologist with the Bureau of American Ethnology from 1901-02. He died in 1903.

Description of the Collection

This group of papers which were separated out from the Elizabeth Buckingham Papers (SC 167), provide a very sketchy overview of two very respected careers. Mrs. Russell's papers include some personal correspondence, course materials, manuscripts, notes and unidentified photographs, all generally within the period 1920-33 with some material outside these dates by a few years. Mr. Russell's papers include material which Mrs. Russell evidently wanted to preserve after his death and kept until her own death - some correspondence and manuscript material, various documents of his academic career, and photographs relating to his work. This material falls within the period 1892-1903.

Access Terms

Buckingham, Elizabeth Lee, 1885-
Russell, Frances Theresa, d. 1936.
Russell, Frank B., 1868-1903.
Stanford University. Department of English. Faculty.
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906

Major Correspondents and/or Items of Special Interest

In her early teaching years Mrs. Russell kept a "Book of Incidents" in which she recorded random thoughts and happenings. One of these includes her account of her experiences during and after the 1906 Earthquake (Box 1, Folder 1). In addition, her manuscript material and poetry in Boxes 1 & 2 are of special interest; most of this appears to be unpublished material.
It is helpful to know that Mrs. Russell always went by the name of Theresa or "Terri". In correspondence to her, "Peter" or "Betty" both are nicknames for Elizabeth Buckingham, with whom she shared a house until her death.





Box 1, Folder 1

Book of incidents. 1903-?

Scope and Content Note

Includes account of 1906 Earthquake.
Box 1, Folder 2

Book of incidents. 1908

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence, personal. 1921-35

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence, personal. 1936, undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Course and lecture notes, miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

May include Russel's own post-graduate study notes.
Box 1, Folder 6

Essay writing - miscellaneous material, including notes. 1925, 1934, undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Manuscript, "Journal kept during the summer of 1900." 1900

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten, 118 pages. Account of the Russells' honeymoon trip to Arizona, during which Frank Russell pursued his archaeological explorations.
Box 1, Folder 8

Manuscript, untitled, about the Bible.

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten. 10 chapters, 156 pgs.
Box 1, Folder 9

Manuscripts, drafts and notes of writings.

Box 1, Folder 10

Manuscripts, drafts and notes of writings.

Box 2, Folder 1

Miscellaneous material. 1936, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes list of Mrs. Russell's publications, 1905-34.
Box 2, Folder 2

Photographs, miscellaneous unidentified.

Box 2, Folder 3

Poetry - "Helen" poems and miscellaneous poems.

Box 2, Folder 4

Publications. [Reprints] 1921-28

Box 2, Folder 5

Publications. [Some reprints] 1930-34

Box 2, Folder 6

Reviews and synopses.

Box 2, Folder 7

Students listed by course. Master list: "Stanford students and friends, teachers and librarians."

Box 2, Folder 8

Writing . - miscellaneous material.

Scope and Content Note

Includes notes and outlines.


Box 2, Folder 9

Browning - various courses. 1920's, 1930's

Box 2, Folder 10

Classical literature c40. 1932 Summer

Box 2, Folder 11

Criticism of recent literature, various courses. 1920's, 1930's

Box 3, Folder 1

The Essay - various courses. 1920's, 1930's

Box 3, Folder 2

The Essay - various courses. 1920's, 1930's

Box 3, Folder 3

Satire 202.

Box 3, Folder 4

The Utopian theme 97, 193, 197.

Box 3, Folder 5

Victorian literature 185.



Box 3, Folder 6

Correspondence, manuscripts and miscellaneous material. 1892-1903

Box 3, Folder 7

Photographs. Pertain to his anthropological work.

Scope and Content Note

May include one photo of him.
Box 3, Folder 8

Photographs. Pertain to his anthropological work.