SCOTT, Russell, 1873-1961, teacher and federalist

Scope and Content

Papers of Russell Scott, [1940-1960], relating to his interests in Federal Union and other supra nationalist movements, mainly comprising print and ephemera and a biography by his grandson Dr John Russell Scott, [1995].

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1873; nephew of C P Scott of the Manchester Guardian ; studied at Balliol College, Oxford University, and founded the Oxford Branch of the Fabian Society; in 1907 began an interest in universal language which would last his whole life, including the active use of the German phonetic alphabet Sprechspur (developed in the 1940s) to teach children to read, the founding of the Phonetic Alphabet Association, and an active promotion of alphabet reform; enjoyed a varied career as a language teacher; first Headmaster, Junior Department, Bedales School; emigrated to the USA, 1912; Professor of French, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee; returned to the UK, 1920; worked as an examiner for the Oxford and London Examining Boards; active federalist, including membership of the Federal Union and the World Federation Movement; died 1961.



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Archivist's Note

Sources: Institute of Education Archives catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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Custodial History

Given by the family in 1995.

Related Material

The Institute of Education, London, holds papers concerning Russell Scott's interest in phonetics and universal alphabets (Ref: GB/366/DC/RS).

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