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The Papers of Russell Hardy

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HARD

Scope and Contents

Material relating to Russell Hardy's campaign for a National Churchill Day, including material on Second World War Resistance movements and a memorial to Ivor Novello.


  • Creation: 1910-08 - 1991-08


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

The Anglo-American impresario Russell Hardy was brought up in New York and was one of the first to volunteer for service when the United States entered the First World War. As an impresario he produced and presented "The All Nations Cavalcades", each with over a thousand performers, in Britain and the United States, and also several major concerts including "The Ivor Novello Story" and "The Mario Lanza Story". He was in London during the Second World War, experiencing the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, and from about 1968 campaigned for an International Churchill Remembrance Day. During his campaign he interviewed many resistance agents from France, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain. He died on 1 September 1982.


4 file(s)

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Other Finding Aids

Copies of this finding aid are available at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Lynn Maury in October 2003, May 2004 and December 2006.

Related Materials

More of Russell Hardy's papers were given to the Imperial War Museum, London, in 1983.


This catalogue was prepared by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in December 2005. Biographical information was obtained from the papers themselves and notes provided by Ms Maury.


Hardy, Russell, c 1900-1982, theatrical impresario

2005-12-21 09:35:16.467000+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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