Countess Russell (1866-1941), English author, was known under the name "Elizabeth" after publishing her novel titled, Elizabeth and her german garden. She was the daughter of Henry Herron Beauchamp and a cousin of Katherine Mansfield. She married Count Henning August von Arnim (d. 1910) and later married John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, in 1916 (they separated in 1919).
Scope and Content
The collection consists of manuscripts, journals (scattered years between 1896-1941), journal typescripts, ephemera, and correspondence by Countess Russell. There is also correspondence addressed to Countess Russell in the collection, and manuscripts by Mathilde Blind (Love's completeness : a poem), E.M. Forster (Nassenheide), Geoffrey Kerr (A scenario), and Katherine Mansfield (Poems). Correspondents in the collection whose letters are addressed mostly to Countess Russell include: Augustine Birrell (23 letters), Alexander Stewart Frere (48 letters), E.M. Forster (4), Katherine Mansfield (copies of 27 letters), Rudyard Kipling (1), George Moore (22), Bertrand Russell (9), George Santayana (5), John S. Skidmore (16), and H.G. Wells (2). Of the letters by Countess Russell in the collection, the majority are addressed to the following persons: Kathleen Arnold (28 letters), Marie Luise Backe (61 letters), Elizabeth von Arnim Butterworth (687), Alexander Stewart Frere (237), Olive Guthrie (copies of 16 letters), Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murry (42 copies of letters and autograph letters), Margery Waterlow Norton (copies of 14 letters), Maud Ritchie (copies of 87 letters), and Sir Hugh Walpole (112).