Russell, Harold (1914-2002)
Scope:
The Harold Russell collection consists of professional material, legal material, manuscripts, video recordings, correspondence, audio recordings, photographs, memorabilia, and other items.

Professional material in the collection primarily consists of files of various documents (including correspondence, speeches, press releases, meeting agendas, minutes, reports, briefings, reports, minutes, worker claim cases and programs) regarding organizations with which Russell was affiliated. These include The President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped (1983-1999); the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (1952-1995); The Harold Russell Motivational Institute; Harold Russell Associates (1980-1992); New England Villages, Inc.; The Chinese Disability Committee; the Christina Foundation; and others. Other items include material on commissioned work regarding disability; background material for presentations (1981-1998); memoranda, agendas and reports (1984-1985); and speeches and remarks by Russell (1965-1973).
Legal material in the collection mainly pertains to the murder case of State of Florida v. Gerald Russell (1946-1990). Other items include agreements between Russell and various entities, including the State of Massachusetts (1946-1993).
Manuscripts in the collection include drafts of several speeches and public talks by Russell (1966-1988); drafts of a book titled A Strange and Deadly Love, written by Russell and Ted Schwarz; a teleplay from an episode of the television series China Beach; short pieces by various authors; and other items.

Video cassette recordings in the collection consist of clips from television programs where Russell made an appearance; copies of films and television programs in which Russell appeared, including The Best Years of Our Lives, Inside Moves, China Beach, and others; videos regarding Russell’s advocacy for the disabled; and other miscellaneous videos.

Correspondence in the collection includes numerous personal and professional letters, dating from 1940 to 2002. Notable correspondents include Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Thomas P. O’Neill, Edward W. Brooke, and John McCormack.
Audio recordings consist of long-playing records and tape cassettes. The content includes recordings of appearances by Russell on various radio programs, including a 1947 appearance on The Bob Hope Pepsodent Show; interviews; narrations by Russell; and others. One notable recording is an extended oral history interview with Russell, conducted in 1990.

Photographs in the collection are extensive, consisting of negatives and prints in color and black and white. There are many images of Russell acting in films, giving speeches, receiving awards, and at various ceremonies. There are also several personal images of Russell with his friends and family. One notable item is an inscribed photograph of George H. W. Bush.

Memorabilia in the collection primarily consists of awards given to Russell for his work advocating for the disabled. Present are awards from the American Legion, the Committee on Handicapped Employees, the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, the AFL-CIO, and various other organizations and municipalities. Also present is a certificate making Russell the Chairman of the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, dated 1977, signed by Jimmy Carter.
Other items include financial material, Russell’s Rolodex file, some newspaper clippings, and several personal effects and miscellaneous items.
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Notable Figures
1. Russell, Harold
Associated Subjects
1. Military History Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide