Russell Ephemera Collection

Repository: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleRussell Ephemera
Archive ReferenceIE RCPI/RE
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/russell-ephemera-collection
Creation Dates1890s-1950
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium14 files and items

Context

Creator(s): Russell, Matthew John, 1874-1956 and Russell, Angela Gertrude, 1893-1991

  • Administrative History ↴

    Matthew John Russell was born in Kilross, Co. Tipperary on 1 June 1874. He studied medicine at Queen's College Cork, the Catholic University Dublin and RCSI, graduating with the joint Licentiate of RCSI & RCPI in 1898. Following graduation Dr Russell worked as Senior House Surgeon at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, as a dispensary doctor in the city and medical officer to the constabulary. His role as dispensary doctor in the Kilmainham area of the city brought him a deep understanding of the problems of the inner city slums. Matthew Russell gained his RCSI Fellowship in 1902, and a Diploma in Public Health, from the same college, in 1907. Public Health became his area of specialisation. He was appointed assistant to Sir Charles Cameron as Medical Officer of Health in 1911, and replaced Cameron in 1921. Russell also worked as Dublin Port Medical Officer of Health, and was a governor of both Dr Steevens' and Saint Ultan's Hospitals, a founding board member of St Luke's Hospital, as well as being involved with Cork Street Fever Hospital. Especially concerned with the high levels of infant mortality in Dublin, Russell was an active proponent of immunisation and is remembered for his work in combating typhus in the city; Dr C J McSweeney stated that 'Matt should be remembered in the history of Irish Public Health as the man who banished typhus'. Dr Russell married a fellow medic, Dr Angela Coyne (b.1893), whom he met while lecturing on her Diploma in Public Health course, they married in 1924. Although Dr Angela Russell never practiced, she was active in movements for social reform, supported Saint Ultan's Hospital, was chair of the Cheeverstown Convalescent Home for Children, on the Board of the Meath Hospital and the Central Council of the Irish Red Cross. Dr Matthew Russell died on 12 February 1956, and Dr Angela Russell died on 2 March 1991.
  • Archival History ↴

    Donation to Royal College of Physicians Ireland
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Donation

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Russell, Matthew John, 1874-1956 and Russell, Angela Gertrude, 1893-1991 ↴

    Small collection of ephemeral items belonging to Dr Matthew Russell, Dublin City Medical Officer of Health, and his wife Dr Angela Russell (nee Coyne). Items focus on the Dr Russells’ interest in public health and social welfare issues, or relate to Sir Charles Cameron.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    No further accruals expected
  • Arrangement ↴

    Minimal Arrangement

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Access Guidelines.
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopying of archive material is subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Copying Guidelines.
Creation Dates1890s-1950
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium14 files and items
Finding Aids The collection list is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteHarriet Wheelock
Date of DescriptionsApril 2017