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Personal papers of Edmund Paul Russell III

Call Number: PP 623


This collection contains materials related to Edmund Paul Russell III's research and publications into the history of the usage of pesticides and other topics in biological history, as well as his career at the Univerity of Virginia. The collection also contains personal correspondence and materials from Russell's early career and doctoral studies.


  • approximately 1978-2012


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Edmund Paul Russell III (1957-)

Edmund Paul Russell III received his bachelors degree in English from Stanford University in 1980 and his doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1993. Between degrees, he was a writer, editor, and project leader for Volunteers in Asia from 1980-1982 in the Philippines, a teacher in American literature at Duchesne Academy in Omaha, Nebraska for a school year, and manager for the Lou Henry Hoover House at Stanford from 1984-1986.

Russell joined the University of Virginia faculty in 1994, after a year as a professorial lecturer in the Department of History at the American University in Washington, D.C. He was promoted at Virginia to associate professor in 2000 and to full professor in 2011, teaching in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and the Department of History.

In 2013, Russell joined the University of Kansas Department of History as the Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of United States History. He held this role until 2016, when he moved to Boston University's Department of History. In 2019, Russell joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of History.

Russell's major published works have focused on the history and use of chemical warfare against humans and insects and other topics related to environmental and evolutionary history. His books have included War and Nature: Fighting Humans and Insects with Chemicals from World War I to Silent Spring (2001), Evolutionary History: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth (2011), and co-editing Natural Enemy, Natural Ally: Toward and Environmental History of War (2004) with Richard P. Tucker. Russell has taught courses in environmental history within the United Staes and in a global context, the history of science and technology in the United States, and introducing undergraduates to research and historians' practices.

Russell has received several grants from the National Science Foundation, including a CAREER award in the mid-1990s, as well as an award to revise undergraduate curricula. He has been active in the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) and the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), and he served as a member of the editorial board for Environmental History from 2013-2017. Russell was a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians (OAH) from 2008-2018 and won several teaching awards while at the University of Viriginia, among other awards and recognitions.

[Information retrieved from Edmund Paul Russell III's CV.]


23 Linear Feet (25 boxes + 1 oversize folder, 20 audiovisual items)


This collection has been arranged into 7 series:

  1. Correspondence and personal papers
  2. Early career papers
  3. University of Virginia and teaching materials
  4. Conferences and talks
  5. Publications-related materials
  6. Research
  7. Audiovisual materials

Physical Location

PP 623

Physical Location

UA AV 20

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Edmund Paul Russell III, 2017.

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Processing Information

This collection has been minimally processed. Like materials have been physically and intellectually arranged together and kept as much as possible in groupings as received by Spencer Research Library staff from the donor. Loose materials have been foldered into thematic groupings that appear to mirror existing folder groupings.



Guide to the Edmund Paul Russell III Collection
Personal papers of Edmund Paul Russell III
Finding aid prepared by mwh, 2020. Finding aid encoded by mwh, 2020.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Edmund Paul Russell III, PP 623, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States