There is one series in the George A. Russill Papers: the City-County Consolidation Initiative. Within this series are 6 subseries: 1. Consolidation Commission; 2. Correspondence; 3. Miscellaneous; 4. Press & Media; 5. Reports, Research, & Studies; and 6. Statistics & Projections.
The George A. Russill Papers consist exclusively of documents and printed material relating to the Committee on City-County Consolidation, a failed merger of the Portland metropolitan area with Multnomah County in 1974.
George A. Russill was born in Oregon in 1938. He earned a bachelor's degree from Williams College in Massachusetts and a law degree from Stanford University. He worked on Oregon Senator Wayne Morse’s 1962 re-election campaign before he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1963. Russill spent more than a year in Vietnam, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1966 as a 1st Lieutenant.
In 1969, Russill and his wife, Sandra, returned to Oregon where he began work in labor law. In 1970 he was diagnosed with lymphoma and began chemotherapy. He volunteered for several political and civic causes throughout the early 1970s until Portland Mayor Neil Goldschmidt asked him to serve as an assistant and liaison on government and business issues. He returned to practice labor law when his cancer reemerged in 1976. George Russill died on April 24, 1978 after an eight year battle with lymphoma.
Following his death, friends and colleagues established the Geroge A. Russill Community Service Award to honor an individual for exceptional voluntary public policy service to the community. The award was given from 1980 through 2004 when the fund was altered to become a fellowship in lieu of the community service award. The fellowship was designed to support graduate students at Portland State University involved in the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies.
Scope and Contents: The George A. Russill Papers consist exclusively of documents and printed material relating to the Committee on City-County Consolidation, a failed merger of the Portland metropolitan area with Multnomah County in 1974.