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Smith and Florence Russell Family papers,

 Collection
Identifier: H-Mss-0722

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises scrapbooks, photographs, a family history, and miscellaneous items relating to the lives of Smith Lafayette Russell (1895-1979) and his wife Florence Mildred Dodge (1895-1998), both Pomona College class of 1917. The bulk of the materials consists of Florence Dodge's scrapbook and photographs, which graphically document student life, both academic and social, at Pomona College in the years 1913-1917. The collection also contains a scrapbook of Smith Russell, 1911-1912, and his History of Smith and Florence Russell and Family, 1971.

Dates

  • circa 1903-1982.
  • Majority of material found within 1913 - 1917

Creator

Language of Materials

Languages represented in the collection: English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish or to reproduce, please contact Honnold/Mudd Library, Special Collections staff.

Biographical note

Smith Lafayette Russell was born in Lincoln, Illinois, on January 23, 1895, the eldest of three sons of William Polk Russell, at that time Professor of Mathematics at Lincoln University, and his wife, née McGuire. The family moved to Claremont, Calif., in 1904, where Smith's father, after an unsuccessful forray into business, had taken a position as Instructor in Mathematics. Smith entered Pomona College in 1911. Because of his age he and his family decided not to push through college in four years, and after a chequered college career that included a year at the University of California in Berkeley he graduated from Pomona in 1917. In December 1917, he married Florence Mildred Dodge, who had been born in Hanford, California, on November 16, 1895, the daughter of Fred Almyr Dodge and his wife, May Florence Davis. Florence was also a member of the Pomona College class of 1917.

The couple later founded, and with their son Wilfred "Bill" Russell, co-owned Decora Ceramics. Smith died in 1979, and Florence in 1998.

[This is a stub biography. Further details will be provided later.]

Extent

1 Linear Feet (1 carton + 1 records box.)

Overview

The collection comprises scrapbooks, photographs, a family history, and miscellaneous items relating to the lives of Smith Lafayette Russell (1895-1979) and his wife Florence Mildred Dodge (1895-1998), both Pomona College class of 1917, and documents in particular student life, both academic and social, at Pomona College in the years 1913-1917.

Physical location

Please consult repository.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Smith Russell, The History of Smith and Florence Russell and Family, gift of Lorelyn Lewis, 2010. All other materials gift of Florence (Dodge) Russell, date unknown.

Accruals

No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Related Materials

Decora Ceramics records, Collection H2009.18, Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, January 2011.

Creator

Title
Finding Aid to the Smith and Florence Russell Family papers
Status
In Progress
Author
Michael P. Palmer
Date
January 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
The finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

Contact:
800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States