Oregon State University Press

For fifty years, Oregon State University Press has been publishing exceptional books about the Pacific Northwest—its people and landscapes, its flora and fauna, its history and cultural heritage. The Press has played a vital role in the region’s literary life, providing readers with a better understanding of what it means to be an Oregonian. Today, Oregon State University Press publishes distinguished books in several academic areas from environmental history and natural resource management to indigenous studies.

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Dangerous Subjects

James D. Saules and the Rise of Black Exclusion in Oregon

Oregon State University Press
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The People's School

A History of Oregon State University

Oregon State University Press
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Native Space

Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism

Oregon State University Press
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The Alternate Route

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Undercurrents

From Oceanographer to University President

Oregon State University Press

Undercurrents recounts the life and career of John Byrne, who started his career as a geologist for an oil company and ended his career as president of a land-grant university.  Byrne reveals the lessons he learned in the oil industry and in government as the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and how he used those lessons in leading Oregon State University as its president.

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Speaking for the River

Confronting Pollution on the Willamette, 1920s-1970s

Oregon State University Press

Speaking for the River is the first book-length study of Willamette River clean-up efforts from the 1920s through the 1970s. These efforts centered on a struggle between abatement advocates and the two primary polluters in the watershed, the City of Portland and the pulp and paper industry.

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Homing Instincts

Oregon State University Press

This collection of personal essays based on pivotal moments in the author’s life in New York City and Oregon explores the ways we define “home.”

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Kaiaulu

Gathering Tides

Oregon State University Press

These stories of Hawaiian fishing families on the rural north east shore of island of Kauaʻi are from a place many visit but few really see.

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Penguins in the Desert

Oregon State University Press

Most people wouldn’t think to look for penguins in a hot desert, but every year along a windswept edge of coastal Patagonia, hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins gather to rear their young at Punta Tombo, Argentina, the largest penguin colony in the world outside of Antarctica.

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All Coyote’s Children

Oregon State University Press

This novel explores the complexities of cultural inheritance in a small rural community at the far edge of Oregon, where whites and Native Americans coexist.

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The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett

Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California

Oregon State University Press

Peter Burnett, Oregon pioneer and governor of California, had one of the most impressive resumes of any early leaders in the American West, yet failed at most of his pursuits.  A former slaveholder, he could never seem to get beyond his single-minded goal of banning blacks and other minorities from the West.
 

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Beginner’s Luck

Dispatches from the Klamath Mountains

Oregon State University Press

A clueless big-city guy ends up at a hippie commune in the Klamath Mountains in the late 1960s – a place where people help each other out, even if they don’t always agree.

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Words Marked by a Place

Local Histories in Central Oregon

Oregon State University Press

Words Marked by a Place is a book of interconnected essays engaging from different angles the history and lore of Central Oregon, and reflecting on and exemplifying the theory and practice of local history.

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Beyond the Rebel Girl

Women and the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924

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Son of Amity

Oregon State University Press

Three lives in ruin cross paths on the downtrodden grid of a small Oregon town. This is the story of how they earned their lives back through the promise of a five-year old boy.

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Sagebrush Collaboration

How Harney County Defeated the Takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Oregon State University Press

Sagebrush Collaboration examines the militia occupation of Harney County, Oregon, and the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. The book concludes that the militants failed in their objectives in large part because Harney County’s citizens invested decades in building the capacity to collaboratively solve the very problems the militia claimed justified an anti-federal government revolution.
 

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Ellie's Strand

Exploring the Edge of the World's Largest Ocean

Oregon State University Press

In this sequel to Ellie's Log (2013) and Ricky's Atlas (2016), Ellie and her friend Ricky explore marine ecology on the Oregon Coast.

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A Deadly Wind

The 1962 Columbus Day Storm

Oregon State University Press

Veteran journalist John Dodge tell stories of tragedy and heroism, loss and resilience, in the aftermath of the 1962 Columbus Day Storm, which plowed a path of destruction from the San Francisco Bay Area to British Columbia.

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Wild Migrations

Atlas of Wyoming's Ungulates

Oregon State University Press

The migrations of Wyoming’s hooved mammals—mule deer, pronghorn, elk, and moose—between their seasonal ranges are some of the longest and most noteworthy migrations on the North American continent. Wild Migrations presents the previously untold story of these migrations, combining wildlife science and cartography. Facing pages cover more than 50 migration topics, ranging from ecology to conservation and management, enriched by visually stunning graphics and maps, and an introductory essay by Emilene Ostlind.
 

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Raw Material

By Oregon State University Press
Oregon State University Press

What begins as a knitter’s search for local yarn becomes a dirty, unlikely, and irresistible new career, as the author leaves her high-tech job for a new way of life considered long dead.

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Salmon is Everything

Community-Based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed, 2nd Edition

Oregon State University Press

A unique interdisciplinary resource for high school and college level courses in environmental studies, Native American studies, and theatre arts education.

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Giving Back

Research and Reciprocity in Indigenous Settings

Edited by R. D. K. Herman
Oregon State University Press

This book addresses the critical question of reciprocity in the research process, especially (though not exclusively) in regard to working with Indigenous Communities.  This transdisciplinary collection is edited by geographer R.D.K. Herman of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and includes essays by a wide variety of international practitioners at various stages of their careers, from several different countries.

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Governing Oregon

Continuity and Change

Oregon State University Press

Governing Oregon presents a broad and comprehensive picture of Oregon government and politics as we approach the start of the third decade of the twenty-first century, shedding light on the profound changes that have remade Oregon politics in recent years. The book also seeks to make it clear that much has also remained the same. The editors of this collection have relied upon leading scholars from six different Oregon universities, current and former state leaders in Oregon’s executive and judicial branches, and individuals involved in tribal government and policymaking to tell the ongoing story of government in Oregon.
 

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The Eclipse I Call Father

Essays on Absence

Oregon State University Press

A collection of essays ranging across topics as diverse as marriage, Japanese poetry, Craftsman design, Old English riddles, racism, extinction, fatherhood, mountaineering, predatory mega-fauna, street fighting, trains, the Great Depression, and the effects of climate change.

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Same River Twice

The Politics of Dam Removal and River Restoration

Oregon State University Press

Tells the stories of three major dam removal projects to show how stakeholders navigate the political landscape.

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Gifted Earth

The Ethnobotany of the Quinault and Neighboring Tribes

By Douglas Deur and The Knowledge-holders of the Quinault Indian Nation
Oregon State University Press

Based upon the knowledge and wisdom of traditional plant users, this guide features more than seventy species and a glossary, providing detailed information on the use of plants for food, medicines, and materials.

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Field Guide to the Grasses of Oregon and Washington

Oregon State University Press

A field guide to all the native and introduced grasses known to grow in the wild in Oregon and Washington. To aid identification, it provides identification keys, species descriptions, color photographs (including microscope photos of small parts), and distribution maps.

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Edge of Awe

Experiences of the Malheur-Steens Country

Illustrated by Ursula K. LeGuin; Foreword by William Kittredge; Edited by Alan L. Contreras
Oregon State University Press

Along with poems by Ursula K. LeGuin, this anthology comprises primarily personal essays related to the experiences of the writers in the Malheur-Steens region of Oregon, known for its birding opportunities as well as the 2016 armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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Northwest Voices

Exploring Language and Culture in the Pacific Northwest

Edited by Kristin Denham
Oregon State University Press

This engaging volume for both general readers and language scholars brings together research and perspectives from linguistics, history, and cultural studies to help readers understand how and why language is of utmost importance to the past, present, and future of the Pacific Northwest.

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Interviewing

The Oregon Method

Edited by Peter Laufer
Oregon State University Press

A collection of practical and analytical essays from more than three dozen professional interviewers, scholars and teachers. This revised and expanded second edition of the popular professional tool features a new foreword and a dozen new chapters designed to aid journalists navigating the “fake news” and “enemy of the people” contemporary media landscape. The book’s chapters take focused looks at a wide variety of issues, including interview ethics, the sanctity of quotes, interviewing in the virtual world, negotiating identity and building rapport. The art of the interview has been taught at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication for generations. This foundational text binds those years of experience into a collection of vibrant essays designed to train novices and invigorate old hands.

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Ricky in the City

Where the Wildlife Live

By Judith L. Li; Illustrated by M. L. Herring
Oregon State University Press

With the help of new friends, young citizen scientists Ricky and Ellie discover a fascinating variety of wildlife and habitats during their weekend visit to the city of Portland, where they map out wildlife connections and make contributions to regional databases.

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Sporting Oregon

A Pictorial History of Early Oregon Sports

By Brian S. Campf; Foreword by Carl Abbott; Afterword by John T. Hawk
Oregon State University Press

For thirty years, Brian Campf collected vintage photographs and ephemera related to Oregon sports. Sporting Oregon includes more than three hundred images that offer an overview of the first fifty years of organized sports in the state, primarily baseball, football, and basketball, but also such pastimes as horse racing, track, hockey, tennis, and cricket.

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Catch and Release

An Oregon Life in Politics

Oregon State University Press

Personal memoir of Les AuCoin, member of the US House of Representatives from Oregon's 1st Congressional District from 1975-1993.

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The Mountains of Paris

How Awe and Wonder Rewrote My Life

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Persistent Callings

Seasons of Work and Identity on the Oregon Coast

Oregon State University Press

Using the cultural history of Oregon’s Nestucca Valley as a case study, Taylor illustrates the wisdom of seasonal labor, the complex relationships between work and identity, and the resilience of rural economics across a century of almost continual change.

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Listening at Outlook Creek

Nature in Spiritual Practice

Oregon State University Press

Explores the tenuous character of the human relationship to the natural world in the twenty first century, arguing that contact with specific places is necessary for fostering a sense of meaning and fulfillment in today’s high-tech world.

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A Generous Nature

Lives Transformed by Oregon

Oregon State University Press

In homage to the actists and philanthropists whose individual visions helped to shape and preserve Oregon's natural treasures for future generations, A Generous Nature presents 21 biographical profiles of twentieth-century conservation leaders.

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The Other Oregon

People, Environment, and History East of the Cascades

Oregon State University Press

Explores the social and natural history of eastern Oregon, including central Oregon.

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Remote

Finding Home in the Bitterroots

Oregon State University Press

The story of one woman’s journey into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana to investigate the disappearance of her friend and discover the truth about her family.

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Facing the World

Defense Spending and International Trade in the Pacific Northwest Since World War II

Oregon State University Press

An examination of select federal and state-level politicians in the Pacific Northwest in the post-World War II era, exploring how individuals secured the economic expansion of the Pacific Northwest.

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