The first folder contains congratulatory letters to Russell, a Minneapolis (Minn.) journalist, after the publication of his book entitled Fourth Street (Minneapolis, 1917), including letters from Edward C. Gale, John Talman, and William C. Edgar; two reminiscent letters following Russell's death (1945), written to Willard Dillman, editor of the Minnetonka Record, by S. M. Ladd and E. C. Hall; and an unpublished manuscript by Russell entitled: "As the Angels in Heaven." A photocopied letter (1943 Sept. 20) from illustrator and writer Wanda Gag offers advice on getting his children's story published. The original is filed in the Reserve Manuscripts collection.
The second folder contains the typescript draft of what appear to be fictionalized reminiscences of Russell's early life.
Russell was born in Hallowell, Maine in 1861, the son of Joseph and Mary (Haskell) Russell. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1879 and worked on the Portland, Maine Advertiser. In 1885 he came to Minneapolis and was employed as a proofreader for the Minneapolis Journal. From that time until his retirement in the 1940s, he was associated with the Journal and the Minnetonka Record as a columnist and in other capacities. He married Mary Warner in 1908. He died in 1945.