The Isaac Russell papers document the personal and professional activities of a once-noted journalist and editor. The value
of the collection is not solely of a biographical nature, for a sizable portion of Russell's correspondence and writings pertains
to major events, personalities, and trends of his era. On subjects as diverse as Mormonism and aviation, Progressivism and
nutrition, the Russell papers cast light on significant aspects of early twentieth century American civilization.
Isaac Russell was born in Salt Lake City on 14 December 1879 to Samuel and Henrietta Russell. With the death of his father
twelve years later, young Isaac went to live with a family friend, Charles Burton, also of Salt Lake. At the outbreak of the
Spanish-American War in April 1898, he joined the Utah Volunteer Battalion. Reporting first to Camp Richmond near San Francisco,
he was sent to Manila that summer. He spent the next two years in the Philippines, serving both as the editor of
The American Soldier, a newspaper for the troops, and, later, as General John J. Pershing's secretary.
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