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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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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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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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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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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The Alternate Route

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Native Space

Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism

Oregon State University Press
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Grass Roots

A History of Cannabis in the American West

Oregon State University Press

Legal or not, marijuana cultivation has long had an impact on the environment and economy of the American West.

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Legends of the Northern Paiute

As told by Wilson Wewa

Edited by James Gardner; As told by Wilson Wewa
Oregon State University Press

This collection includes twenty-one legends of the Northern Paiutes as told by Wilson Wewa, historian and spiritual leader of the Northern Paiutes on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon.

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Eleanor Baldwin and the Woman's Point of View

New Thought Radicalism in Portland’s Progressive Era

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Legible Sovereignties

Rhetoric, Representations, and Native American Museums

Oregon State University Press
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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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Wild and Scenic Rivers

An American Legacy

Oregon State University Press

On the 100th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, this is a celebration of America’s premier system of protected rivers nationwide, with 160 stunning photos and text that tells the colorful history of this vital program.

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My Life, by Louis Kenoyer

Reminiscences of a Grand Ronde Reservation Childhood

Oregon State University Press

A rare, first-person narrative by the last-known speaker of the Tualatin Northern Kalapuya, discussing life on an Oregon reservation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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New Strategies for Wicked Problems

Science and Solutions in the 21st Century

Oregon State University Press
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The Salem Clique

Oregon's Founding Brothers

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Accidental Gravity

Residents, Travelers, and the Landscape of Memory

Oregon State University Press

This collection of personal essays explores the author’s relationship to the natural world in urban, suburban, and wild places.

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The Only Woman in the Room

The Norma Paulus Story

Oregon State University Press
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The Long Shadows

A Global Environmental History of the Second World War

Oregon State University Press

The Long Shadows is the first book-length work to offer global perspectives on the environmental history of World War II. Based on long-term research, the selected articles represent the best available studies in different fields and countries. With contributions touching on Europe, America, Asia, and Africa, the book has a truly global approach.

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Kanaka Hawai'i Cartography

Hula, Navigation, and Oratory

Oregon State University Press
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On the Ragged Edge of Medicine

Doctoring Among the Dispossessed

Oregon State University Press
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Science Without Frontiers

Cosmopolitanism and National Interests in the World of Learning, 1870–1940

Oregon State University Press

In his long and distinguished academic career, historian Robert Fox has specialized in the modern history of physical science, particularly in France, from 1700 onward. In Science Without Frontiers, he explores the discipline of science as a model for global society, offering a new way to think about science and culture and its relationship to politics amid the crises of the twentieth century.
 

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Leaded

The Poisoning of Idaho's Silver Valley

Oregon State University Press

Leaded: The Poisoning of Idaho’s Silver Valley examines the origin, evolution, and causes of harmful environmental and human health effects caused by mining operations in Idaho’s Coeur d'Alene Mining District, the “Silver Valley,” from 1885-1981. It is a deeply researched account of one of the greatest environmental disasters in western American history. It belongs on the bookshelf of every student of environmental history, western U.S. history, mining history, environmental ethics, and environmental law.
 

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Keeping Oregon Green

Livability, Stewardship, and the Challenges of Growth, 1960–1980

Oregon State University Press

Keeping Oregon Green is a new history of the signature accomplishments of Oregon’s environmental era: the revitalization of the polluted Willamette River, the Beach Bill that preserved public access to the entire coastline, the Bottle Bill that set the national standard for reducing roadside litter, and the nation’s first comprehensive land use zoning law. Drawing on extensive archival research, source materials ranging from poetry to congressional hearings, and firmly rooted in the cultural, economic, and political history of the Pacific Northwest, Keeping Oregon Green argues that the state’s environmental legacy is not just the product of visionary leadership, but rather a complex confluence of events, trends, and personalities that could only have happened when and where it did.

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Hiking from Portland to the Coast

An Interpretive Guide to 30 Trails

Oregon State University Press

A guidebook for hikers, bikers, and equestrians, Hiking from Portland to the Coast explores the many trails and logging roads that crisscross the northern portion of Oregon’s Coast Range. Designed to showcase convenient “looped” routes, it also describes complete throughways connecting Portland to the coastal communities of Seaside and Tillamook. Each of the 30 trails described includes a backstory to help users appreciate the history and significance of the places through which they are traveling.

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Through a Green Lens

Fifty Years of Writing for Nature

Oregon State University Press

A collection of essays from Robert Michael Pyle, spanning five decades of his writing career.

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A Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Oregon

Oregon State University Press

This guide facilitates the identification of Oregon freshwater fishes with annotated keys and detailed color photographs and illustrations. It will be useful to professional biologists, sportsmen and anglers, and anyone curious about the freshwater fishes of Oregon.

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Where the Wind Dreams of Staying

Searching for Purpose and Place in the West

Oregon State University Press

Where the Wind Dreams of Staying is a personal memoir told through interwoven essays. Dieterle details his experiences in southeastern Washington, Utah, Nevada, Iowa, California, and Airzona. His restless search for purpose, identity, and place moves through cycles of success and failure, love and loss. He captures the emotional storms of a boy, and then a man, on a restless search for meaning in a place, or for a place with meaning.

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The Jewish Oregon Story, 1950-2010

Oregon State University Press

The Jewish Oregon Story traces the history of diverse Jewish Oregonians and their communities during a period of dramatic change. Drawing on archival sources, including a collection of over five hundred oral histories, the book explores how Jewish Oregonians both contributed to and were shaped by the “Oregon Story,” a political shift that fueled Oregon’s—and particularly Portland’s—emerging reputation for progressivism and sustainability.

Published in Cooperation with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

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Rivers of Oregon

Oregon State University Press


Rivers of Oregon captures the beauty and the intrinsic qualities of the state’s irresistible riverscapes like no other book has done. From the underwater view and from the refuge of riparian forests, from the seat of a canoe or raft and from distant mountain summits, readers will gain new perspectives on the extraordinary features that provide us with water, with life, and with scenes whose loss would leave us deeply impoverished.

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