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Don Russell letters

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8575

Content Description

Contains letters to Don Russell about a book he is attempting to get published. Another letter is included between Russell and lawyer U. S. Lesh concerning the Milligan case. Materials are dated 1935-1945.


  • 1935-1945


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Don Russell letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Don Russell (1899-1986) was an American newsman and historian.

Don Russell was born in 1899 in Huntington, Indiana. He attended Northwestern University, then after serving in World War I, he graduated from the Univeristy of Michigan. He worked at an Atlanta newspaper, the Chicago Journal, Evening Post, and was the editory of the Chicago Daily News. He wrote books such as "Invincible Ike," "Custer's Last," and "Five Years a Dragoon." After leaving the newspaper, Russell became the editor of the New Standard Encyclopedia. He was well known as an expert on Western figures such as General George Custer, Black Bart, and Buffalo Bill. Russell helped to initiate in Chicago the Westerners organization, dedicated to the legends and history of the Old West, and served as Sheriff of the international headquarters, in Tucon, Arizona.

Russell married Ruth, and together they had three children. Russell died in 1986.

Biographical History

U.S. Lesh (1868-1965) was a lawyer, politician, and author in Indiana.

Ulysses Samuel Lesh was born on August 9, 1868 in Rock Creek Township, Indian, to parents Joseph and Sarah Lesh. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1897. He then practiced law in Huntington, Indiana. He married Minnie Fulton on June 27, 1894, in Bluffton, Indiana. Together they had three sons. From 1917 to 1921, Lesh served as Assistant Attorney General. He was then elected Attorney General and served from 1922-1925. After leaving office, he formed a law partnership with his tow sons, practicing in Indianapolis until 1938. He then returned to Huntington where he resumed his former assosciation with his younger brother. In addition to his legal career, Lesh wrote two books. Lesh passed away on June 5, 1965 in Huntington, Indiana, where he is buried.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Letters were found inside the book "A Knight of the Golden Circle / U. S. Lesh" donated to the library by Marth-Jane Russell Bissell, John R. Russell, and Elaine Russell Jones in 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Martha-Jane Russell Bissell, John R. Russell, Elaine Russell Jones; 2001.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Register of Don Russell letters
Catie Freedman
2015 April 2
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States