Bibliography of Oregon history

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Volume 1, Oregon Historical Society Quarterly, 1900

The following works deal with the cultural, political, economic, military, biographical and geologic history of pre-territorial Oregon, Oregon Territory and the State of Oregon.[1]

Surveys of Oregon history[edit]

  • Bancroft, Hubert Howe (1886). History of Oregon 1834-1848 (The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft. Vol. 29) (PDF). San Francisco, CA.: The History Company. 
  • Bancroft, Hubert Howe (1888). History of Oregon 1848-1888 (The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft. Vol. 30) (PDF). San Francisco, CA.: The History Company. 
  • Corning, Howard McKinley (1940). Oregon: End of the Trail. Portland, OR.: Binfords & Mort. 
  • Dicken, Samuel N.; Emily F. Dicken (1979). The Making of Oregon: A Study in Historical Geography. Portland, OR.: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 978-0-87595-081-5. 
  • Dodds, Gordon B. (1977). Oregon: A Bicentennial History. New York, NY.: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-393-05632-5. 
  • Dodds, Gordon B. (1986). The American Northwest: A History of Oregon and Washington. Arlington Heights, IL.: The Forum Press, Inc. ISBN 0-88273-239-0. 
  • Egan, Timothy (1990). The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest. New York, NY.: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-73485-6. 
  • Johansen, Dorothy O.; Charles Gates (1967). Empire of the Columbia: A History of the Pacific Northwest. New York, NY.: Harper & Row, Publishers. 
  • Marsh, Tom (2012). To the Promised Land: A History of Government and Politics in Oregon. Oregon State University Press. ISBN 978-0-87071-657-7. 
  • Pomeroy, Earl (1965). The Pacific Slope: A History of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. New York, NY.: Alfred A. Knopf. 
  • Potter, Miles (1976). Oregon's Golden Years: Bonanza of the West. Caldwell, ID.: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. ISBN 0-87004-254-8. 
  • Robbins, William G. (1977). Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story 1800-1940. Seattle, WA.: University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-97901-1. 
  • Schwantes, Carlos Arnaldo (1996). The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History. Lincoln, NE.: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-4225-5. 
  • Stack, William C. Historic Photos of Oregon (2010)


  • Clark, Malcolm, Jr. E (1981). Eden Seekers: The Settlement of Oregon 1818-1863. Boston, MA.: Houghton Mifflin Company. 
  • Cook, Warren (1973). Flood Tide of Empire: Spain and the Pacific Northwest 1543-1810. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-01577-5. 
  • Gibson, James R. (1985). Farming the Frontier: The Agricultural Opening of the Oregon Country 1786-1846. Seattle, WA.: University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-96297-6. 
  • Gough, Barry M. (1992). The Northwest Coast: British Navigation, Trade, and Discovery to 1812. Vancouver, BC.: University of British Columbia Press. ISBN 0-7748-0399-1. 
  • Irving, Washington (1836). Astoria; or Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains. 2 vols. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard. 
  • Lowenberg, Robert J. (1975). Equality on the Oregon Frontier: Jason Lee and the Oregon Mission 1834-1843. Seattle, WA.: University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95491-4. 
  • Rich, E. E. (1958–59). The History of the Hudson's Bay Company 1670-1870. 2 vols. London: Hudson's Bay Record Society. 

Historic expeditions[edit]

  • Fremont, John Charles (1845). Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the years 1843-'44. Washington, DC.: Gales and Seaton, Printers. 
  • Goetzmann, William H. (1966). Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West. New York, NY.: Alfred A. Knopf. 
  • Johnson, Overton; Winter, William H. (1846). Route across the Rocky Mountains with a Description of Oregon and California. reproduced in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, 1906. 
  • Nokes, J. Richard (1998). Almost A Hero: The Voyages of John Meares, R.N., to China, Hawaii, and the Northwest Coast. Pullman, WA.: Washington State University Press. ISBN 0-87422-155-2. 
  • Nokes, J. Richard (1991). Columbia's River: The Voyages of Robert Gray 1787-1793. Tacoma, WA.: Washington State Historical Society. ISBN 0-917048-68-7. 
  • Wilkes, Charles (1845). Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, Vols. 4-5. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard. 

Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)[edit]

Geography and environment[edit]

  • Bell, Jon. On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon's Perilous Peak (2011)
  • Dillow, Frank. "Connecting Oregon: The Slow Road to Rapid Communications, 1843-–2009." Oregon Historical Quarterly 111.2 (2010): 184-219. in JSTOR
  • Hayes, Derek. Historical Atlas of Washington and Oregon (2011)
  • Loy, William G.; Stuart Allen; Clyde Patton (1976). Atlas of Oregon. Eugene, OR.: University of Oregon. 
  • McArthur, Lewis A. (1992). Oregon Geographic Names 6th ed. Portland, OR.: Oregon Historical Society. ISBN 0-87595-278-X. 
  • Meinig, Donald W. (1968). The Great Columbia Plain: A Historical Geography 1805-1910. Seattle, WA.: University of Washington Press. 
  • McKelvey, Susan Delano (1991). Botanical Exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West 1790-1850. Corvallis, OR.: Oregon State University Press. ISBN 0-87071-513-5. 

Business, industry and labor[edit]

  • Beckham, Dow (1995). Stars in the Dark: Coal Mines of Southwestern Oregon. Coos Bay, OR.: Arago Books. ISBN 0-930998-06-5. 
  • Beckham, Stephen Dow (1987). O&C Sustained Yield Act: the Land, the Law, the Legacy. Portland, OR.: U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management. 
  • Beckham, Stephen Dow (1984). Taylor Grazing Act in Oregon 1934-1984. U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Portland, OR. 
  • Bergoffen, William W. (1976). 100 Years of Federal Forestry. Washington, D. C.: U. S. Department of Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 402, Government Printing Office. 
  • Brock, Emily K. Money Trees: The Douglas Fir and American Forestry, 1900-1944 (Oregon State University Press, 2015). 272 pp.
  • Cox, Thomas R. (1974). Mills and Markets: A History of the Pacific Coast Lumber Industry to 1900. Seattle, WA.: University of Washington Press. ISBN 978-0-295-95349-6. 
  • Disque, Brice P. (c. 1919). History of Spruce Production Division, United States Army. United States Spruce Production Corporation, n.p.,. 
  • Dodds, Gordon B.; Craig E. Wollner (1990). The Silicon Forest: High Tech in the Portland Area 1945-1986. Portland, OR.: Oregon Historical Society. ISBN 978-0-87595-230-7. 
  • Gamboa, Erasmo (1990). Mexican Labor and World War II: Braceros in the Pacific Northwest 1942-1947. Austin, TX.: University of Texas Press. ISBN 029597849X. 
  • Greever, William S. (1963). The Bonanza West: The Story of Western Mining Rushes 1848-1900. Norman, OK.: University of Oklahoma Press. 
  • Hyman, Harold (1963). Soldiers and Spruce: Origins of the Loyal Legion of Loggers & Lumbermen. Los Angeles, CA.: Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California. 
  • Oliphant, J. Orin (1968). On the Cattle Ranges of the Oregon Country. Seattle, WA.: University of Washington Press. 
  • Puter, S. A. D. (1908). Looters of the Public Domain (PDF). Portland, OR.: The Portland Printing House, Publishers. 
  • Richardson, Elmo (1980). BLM's Billion-Dollar Checkerboard: Managing the O & C Lands. Santa Cruz, CA.: Forest History Society. 
  • Simpson, Peter K. (1987). The Community of Cattlemen: A Social History of the Cattle Industry in Southeastern Oregon 1869-1912. Moscow, ID.: University of Idaho Press. ISBN 0-89301-117-7. 
  • Steen, Harold K. (1991). The Beginning of the National Forest System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service FS-488. 
  • Steen, Harold K. (1992). The Origin of the National Forests: A Centennial Symposium. Durham, NC.: Forest History Society. 
  • Tyler, Robert L. (1967). Rebels of the Woods: The I.W.W. in the Pacific Northwest. Eugene, OR.: University of Oregon. 

Military histories[edit]

  • Fletcher, Randol B. (2011). Hidden History of Civil War Oregon. Gloucestershire: The History Press. ISBN 1-60949-424-5. 
  • Frazer, Robert W., ed. (1965). Forts of the West: Military Forts and Presidios and Posts Commonly Called Forts West of the Mississippi River to 1898. Norman, OK.: University of Oklahoma Press,. 
  • Frazer, Robert W., ed. (1963). Mansfield on the Condition of the Western Forts 1853-54. Norman, OK.: University of Oklahoma Press. 
  • Settle, Raymond, ed. (1989). The March of the Mounted Riflemen From Fort Leavenworth to Fort Vancouver, May to October 1849. Lincoln, NE.: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-9196-5. 
  • Webber, Bert (1975). Retaliation: Japanese Attacks and Allied Countermeasures on the Pacific Coast in World War II. Corvallis, OR.: Oregon State University Press. ISBN 0-87071-076-1. 
  • Willingham, William F. (1983). Army Engineers and the Development of Oregon: A History of the Portland District. Washington, DC.: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Government Printing Office. 

Native American histories[edit]

  • Aikens, C. Melvin (1986). Archaeology of Oregon. Portland, OR.: Oregon State Office, U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management. , on Indians
  • Beckham, Stephen Dow (1977). The Indians of Western Oregon: This Land Was Theirs. Arago Books, Coos Bay, OR. ISBN 0-930998-03-0. 
  • Beckham, Stephen Dow (1971). Requiem for a People: The Rogue Indians and the Frontiersmen. Norman, OK.: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-87071-521-6. 
  • Buan, Carolyn M.; Richard Lewis, eds. (1991). The First Oregonians: An Illustrated Collection of Essays on Traditional Lifeways, Federal- Indian Relations, and the State's Native People Today. Portland, OR.: Oregon Council for the Humanities. ISBN 1-880377-00-4. 
  • Josephy, Alvin M., Jr. (1965). The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest. New Haven, CT.: Yale University Press. 
  • O'Donnell, Terrence (1991). An Arrow in the Earth: General Joel Palmer and the Indians of Oregon. Portland, OR.: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-155-4. 
  • Ruby, Robert H.; John A. Brown (1986). A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Norman, OK.: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-4024-0. 
  • Ruby, Robert H. (1981). Indians of the Pacific Northwest: A History. Norman, OK.: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-1731-1. 
  • Suttles, Wayne, ed. (1990). Handbook of North American Indians. Vol. 7, Northwest Coast. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 0-16-020390-2. 
  • Walker, Deward E. Jr., ed. (1998). Handbook of North American Indians, Vol. 12, Plateau. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 0-16-049514-8. 

Local and regional histories[edit]

  • Abbott, Carl. "From urban frontier to metropolitan region: Oregon's cities from 1870 to 2008." Oregon Historical Quarterly (2009): 74-95. online
  • Allen, Barbara (1987). Homesteading the High Desert. Logan, UT.: Utah State University. ISBN 0-87480-268-7. 
  • Armstrong, Chester H. (1965). History of the Oregon State Parks (1917-1963). Salem, OR.: Oregon State Highway Department,. 
  • Barlow, Jeffrey; Christine Richardson (1991). Gum San: Land of the Gold Mountain. Bend, OR.: The High Desert Museum. 
  • Beckham, Dow (1998). Bandon-by-the-Sea: Hope and Perseverance in an Oregon Coastal Town. Coos Bay, OR.: Arago Books. 
  • Beckham, Stephen Dow (1986). Land of the Umpqua: A History of Douglas County, Oregon. Roseburg, OR.: Douglas County Commissioners. 
  • Bowen, William A. (1978). The Willamette Valley: Migration and Settlement on the Oregon Frontier. Seattle, WA.: University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95590-2. 
  • Brimlow, George Francis (1951). Harney County, Oregon, and Its Range Land. Portland, OR.: Binfords & Mort, Publishers. 
  • Clark, Keith; Lowell Tiller (1967). Terrible Trail: The Meek Cutoff 1845. Caldwell, ID.: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. ISBN 0-89288-233-6. 
  • Douthit, Nathan (1981). The Coos Bay Region 1890-1944: Life on a Coastal Frontier. Coos Bay, OR.: River West Books. ISBN 978-0-9607192-0-4. 
  • Hussey, John A. (1967). Champoeg: Place of Transition. Portland, OR.: Oregon Historical Society. 
  • Jackson, Royal; Jennifer Lee (1978). Harney County: An Historical Inventory. Burns, OR.: Harney County Planning Commission and Harney County Historical Society. 
  • Kittredge, William (1987). Owning It All. St. Paul, MN.: Graywolf Press. ISBN 1-55597-366-3. 
  • Merriam, Lawrence C., Jr.; David G. Talbot (1992). Oregon's Highway Park System 1921-1989: An Administrative History. Salem, OR.: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. 
  • O'Callaghan, Jerry A. (1960). The Dispossession of the Public Domain in Oregon. Washington, DC.: Government Printing Office. 
  • Ronda, James P. (1990). Astoria and Empire. Lincoln, NE.: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-3896-7. 
  • Smith, Dwight A.; James B. Norman; Pieter A. Dykman (1985). Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon. Salem, OR.: Oregon Department of Transportation. ISBN 0-87595-205-4. 
  • Straton, Kathryn A. (1977). Oregon's Beaches: A Birthright Preserved. Salem, OR.: Oregon State Parks and Recreation Branch. 
  • Unruh, John D., Jr. (1979). The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West 1840-60. Urbana, IL.: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-00698-4. 
  • Vaughan, Thomas, ed. (1981). High & Mighty: Select Sketches about the Deschutes Country. Portland, OR.: Oregon Historical Society. ISBN 0-87595-103-1. 


  • Abbott, Carl. Portland in Three Centuries (Oregon State University Press, 2011)
  • Abbott, Carl. "Regional city and network city: Portland and Seattle in the twentieth century." Western Historical Quarterly (1992): 293-322. online
  • Gibson, Karen, and Carl Abbott. "Portland, Oregon." Cities 19.6 (2002): 425-436.
  • Lansing, Jewel (2003). Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851-2001. Oregon State University Press. ISBN 9780870715594. 
  • MacColl, E. Kimbark (1979). The Growth of a City: Power and Politics in Portland, Oregon 1915 to 1950. Portland, OR.: The Georgian Press Company. ISBN 0-9603408-1-5. 
  • MacColl, E. Kimbark (1976). The Shaping of a City: Business and Politics in Portland, Oregon 1885-1915. Portland, OR.: The Georgian Press Company. 
  • MacColl, E. Kimbark; Harry H. Stein (1988). Merchants, Money, and Power: The Portland Establishment 1843-1913. Portland, OR.: The Georgian Press. ISBN 0-9603408-3-1. 

Columbia river[edit]

  • Clark, Robert (1995). River of the West: Stories From the Columbia. New York, NY.: Harper Collins West. ISBN 978-0-06-258516-5. 
  • Dietrich, William (1995). Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River. New York, NY.: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-295-97546-6. 
  • Donaldson, Ivan J.; Frederick K. Cramer (1971). Fishwheels of the Columbia. Portland, OR.: Binfords & Mort, Publishers. ISBN 0-8323-0007-1. 
  • Gronowski, Nancy H.; Jeanette Kloos (1987). A Study of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Salem, OR.: Oregon Department of Transportation. 
  • Harden, Blaine (1996). A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia. New York, NY.: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-03936-6. 
  • Smith, Courtland (1979). Salmon Fishers of the Columbia. Corvallis, OR.: Oregon State University Press. ISBN 0-87071-313-2. 
  • Smith, Dwight A. (1984). Columbia River Highway Historic District. Salem, OR.: Oregon Department of Transportation. 
  • Tollefson, Gene. (1987). BPA & The Struggle for Power at Cost. Portland, OR.: Bonneville Power Administration. 

Ghost towns[edit]

  • Baker, John Harvard (2005). Camp Adair: The story of a World War II cantonment : today, Oregon's largest ghost town. ISBN 0-9718583-5-7. 
  • Florin, L.F. (1982). Oregon Ghost Towns. Superior Publishing Co. ISBN 0-87564-323-X. 
  • May, Keith F. (1996). Ghosts of Times Past: A Road Trip of Eastern Oregon Ghost Towns. Drigh Sighed Publications. ISBN 1-57502-107-2. 
  • Varney, Phillip (2005). Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest: Your Guide to Ghost Towns, Mining Camps, and Historic Forts of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Voyageur Press. ISBN 0-89658-592-1. 


  • Barlow, Jeffrey; Christine Richardson (1979). China Doctor of John Day. Portland, OR.: Binford and Mort Publisher. ISBN 0-8323-0346-1. 
  • Beckham, Stephen Dow (1971). The Simpsons of Shore Acres. Coos Bay, OR.: Arago Books. ISBN 0-685-53206-2. 
  • Dodds, Gordon B. (1959). The Salmon King of Oregon: R. D. Hume and the Pacific Fisheries. Chapel Hill, NC.: The University of North Carolina Press. 
  • Foster, Mark S. (1989). Henry J. Kaiser: Builder in the Modern American West. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-73045-8. 
  • Jeffrey, Julie Roy (1991). Converting the West: A Biography of Narcissa Whitman. Norman, OK.: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-2359-1. 
  • Moynihan, Ruth Barnes (1983). Rebel for Rights: Abigail Scott Duniway. New Haven, CT.: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-02952-7. 
  • Munnick, Harriet Duncan (1989). Priest's Progress: The Journey of Francis Norbert Blanchet from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific in Three Parishes. Portland, OR.: Binford & Mort Publishing. ISBN 0-8323-0474-3. 

Memoirs, diaries and journals[edit]

Political histories[edit]

  • Bourke, Paul; Donald DeBats (1995). Washington County: Politics and Community in Antebellum America. Baltimore, MD.: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-5946-8. 
  • Burton, Robert E. "The New Deal in Oregon," in John Braeman et al. eds. The New Deal: Volume Two - the State and Local Levels (1975) pp 355–75
  • Brown, J. Henry (1892). Brown's Political History of Oregon: Provisional Government (PDF). Portland, OR.: Lewis & Dryden Printing Co. 
  • Etulain, Richard W. (2013). Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press.
  • Walth, Brent (1994). Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story. Portland, OR.: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-247-X. 


  • Bingham, Edwin R. (1993). William G. Robbins; Robert Frank; Richard Ross, eds. Pacific Northwest Writing: Reaching for Regional Identity. Regionalism and the Pacific Northwest. Corvallis, OR.: Oregon State University Press. 
  • Dodds, Gordon B. (1993). Varieties of Hope: An Anthology of Oregon Prose. Corvallis, OR.: Oregon State University Press. ISBN 978-0-87071-374-3. 
  • Turnbull, George S. (1939). History of Oregon Newspapers. Portland, OR.: Binfords & Mort, Publishers. 

Social history[edit]

  • Booth, Brian, ed. (1992). Wildmen, Wobblies, and Whistle Punks: Stewart Holbrook's Lowbrow Northwest. Corvallis, OR.: Oregon State University Press. ISBN 0-87071-383-3. 
  • Edson, Christopher J. (1974). Chinese in Eastern Oregon 1860-1890. San Francisco, CA.: R. and E. Research Association. ISBN 0-88247-238-0. 
  • Lowenstein, Steven (1987). The Jews of Oregon 1850-1950. Portland, OR.: Jewish Historical Society of Oregon. ISBN 0-9619786-0-0. 
  • McLagan, Elizabeth (1980). A peculiar paradise : a history of Blacks in Oregon, 1788-1940. Portland, OR: Georgian Press. ISBN 9780960340828. 
  • Nakata, Deena K. (1995). The Gift: The Oregon Nikkei Story Retold. Portland, OR: Deena K. Nakata. 
  • Ward, Jean M.; Elaine A. Maveety, eds. (1995). Pacific Northwest Women 1815-1925: Lives, Memories, and Writings. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press. ISBN 0-87071-387-6. 


  • Bishop, Ellen Morris (2006). In Search of Ancient Oregon: A Geological and Natural History. Portland, OR: Timber Press. ISBN 0-88192-789-9. 
  • Wagner, Parke D. Jr.; Snavely, Holly C. (1963). Tertiary Geologic History of Western Oregon & Washington. State of Washington. 
  • Williams, Ira A. (1991). Geologic History of the Columbia River Gorge, As Interpreted from the Historic Columbia River Scenic Highway. Portland, OR: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-223-2. 


  • Oregon Historical Quarterly. Oregon Historical Society. 1900-present.  Check date values in: |date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Oregon Blue Book - Bibliography". State of Oregon. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  2. ^ "About the Oregon Historical Quarterly". Portland, OR: Oregon Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-12-21.