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Charles Augustus Russell papers

Call Number: MS 837

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, and other printed matter from a number of philanthropic and public service organizations in which Charles Augustus Russell was active constitute these papers. The correspondence deals only with business matters of the various organizations; there are no family or personal letters. Materials other than correspondence, including memoranda written by or to Russell, are filed under the organization concerned.

From 1929 to 1949 Russell was president and treasurer of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting the public welfare, especially with regard to young people, education, religion in higher education, and international cultural cooperation. Papers of the Foundation from this period include legal and financial papers, statements of purpose, reports and memoranda. While chairman of the board in 1951, Russell worked with Gerhard W. Ditz on an investigation of employer-employee relations in the coal-mining industry; papers from this project include memoranda, proposals, questionnaires, and Ditz's notes and travel documents. There is also an earlier report on coal mining by Russell (1949). During the same period Russell was a member of the National Social Welfare Assembly and chairman of its National Budget Committee. Memoranda, reports, newsletters, budgets, and other related materials of this organization for coordinating and helping fund national and local social welfare agencies make up about half of the collection. There are, in addition, a few items from several other organizations with which Russell was connected, a small amount of biographical material, and miscellaneous papers not visibly related to the various organizations.


  • 1928-1954


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


1.5 Linear Feet

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence, memoranda, reports and miscellanea of Charles A. Russell. Professional material from public welfare, education, and international cultural cooperative organizations including the Edward W. Hazen Foundation are present.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Augustus Russell was born in Essex, Connecticut on March 20, 1886. He was educated at Wesleyan University, where he received a B.A. in 1905. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1907 and practiced law in Connecticut between 1910 and 1914. He then served as attorney for the Connecticut Public Utilities Commission, a position he held until 1917. Between 1929 and 1949, he was president and treasurer of the Edward Hazen Foundation. Russell was active in many philanthropic and public service organizations. He died in 1962.

Guide to the Charles Augustus Russell Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
October 1981
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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