Russell, Olive Ruth fonds

Russell, Olive Ruth
Olive Ruth Russell fonds.  - 1939-1979.

8 cm of textual records.

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Dr. Olive Ruth Russell was born in Delta, Ont. and graduated from the University of Toronto, 1931, and the University of Edinburgh in 1935. She taught at various schools and colleges from 1920 to 1942. During World War II, she served as a personnel selection officer with the Canadian Women's Army Corps, 1942-1945, attaining the rank of Captain. From 1945 to 1947 she was an executive assistant to the director general of the Rehabilitation Branch, Dept. of Veterans' Affairs.

Dr. Russell was a Canadian delegate to the Inter-continental Conference of the National Council of Women, 1946; a fraternal delegate from the World Federation of United Nations Associations to the Conference of the International Federation of University Women, 1947, and a member of the board, National Commission for Beneficient Euthanasia, U.S.A. She was Assistant Professor of Psychology, Winthrop College, S.C., 1947-1949, and Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Psychology, Western Maryland College, 1949-1962. She authored Freedom to Die: Moral and Legal Aspects of Euthanasia (1975) and campaigned vigorously in favour of euthanasia. She was also the author of numerous articles on euthanasia, education and psychology.


Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Dr. Olive Ruth Russell during the course of her personal and professional life. The fonds includes biographical information, publications, and transcripts of speeches.

Note that some materials are photocopies of originals held at Library and Archives Canada.


  • Title based on contents of fonds.
  • Extent is measured in linear metres of shelf space as occupied by the fonds.
  • Original materials are held at Library and Archives Canada.
  • Redescribed by Jessica Blackwell in 2015.
  • Donated by Dr. Ruth Roettinger, executor of the estate.

Call number: WA37