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Dick Russell Papers

Call Number: MS277

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of interview transcripts, correspondence, and notes compiled during the course of Dick Russell’s reporting career. It includes an array of clippings from various publications that detail environmental issues in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Topics include environmental disasters, hazardous waste, pollution, nuclear power, state government environmental policies, military, acid rain, animal rights, renewable energy, and environmental activist groups. Activist groups mentioned in these notes, interviews, and clippings include EarthFirst!, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and other bioregional groups. There are also news clippings and interview notes relating to Lois Gibbs, dioxin, and the Love Canal crisis.


  • circa 1965 -- 2000



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish.Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have not been transferred to Tufts University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dick Russell, 2018, accession MS-2019-017.


This collection is arranged in received order.


24 Linear Feet (24 record cartons)

Language of Materials



This collection contains journalist Dick Russells's subject files, including research material and clippings related to his coverage of environmental issues, including the work of Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal crisis.

Biographical / Historical

Dick Russell (1947 - ) is a journalist and writer whose career has primarily focused on environmental issues.

Richard B. Russell, also known as Dick, was born on August 19, 1947, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1969, and worked as a sports and feature writer with the Topeka Capital-Journal in Kansas (1965 to 1972); Sports Illustrated (1969-1970); and TV Guide (1977 to 1979). In 1980 he began his career as a freelance journalist, writing for such publications as The Nation, Parenting, and Family Health, and OnEarth (formerly Amicus Journal, for which he was also a contributing editor for 18 years). He has been a guest on television and radio programs including the NBC Nightly News and the Joan Rivers Show.

Russell has written twelve books, two of which advocate for marine conservation: "Eye of the Whale: Epic Passage from Baja to Siberia," Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2001 and "Striper Wars: An American Fish Story," Island Press/Shearwater Books (Washington, DC), 2005. His 2017 work, Horsemen of the "Apocalypse: The Men Who Are Destroying Life On Earth – and What It Means For Our Children," Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), covers the political landscape of climate change. His travels across Europe and Africa are the subject of a 2017 documentary, “Hitchhiking to the Edge of Sanity,” which premiered at the Kansas City Film Festival in 2016.

Dick Russell won the Golden Swordfish Award from the National Coalition for Marine Conservation in 1984 and the Citizen’s Chevron Conservation Award in 1988 for exceptional service to the cause of conservation. "Eye of the Whale" won Best Book of the Year designations from both the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post in 2001.

Dick Russell is married to Alice Faber with one child, Franklin D. Russell. He divides his time between Los Angles and Boston.

Processing Information

Materials were packed by University Archivist Dan Santamaria in 2018, and a folder listing and finding aid were created by Collections and Research Assistant Devin Bean in 2022.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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