Oregon Blue Book

Shemia Fagan

The Oregon Blue Book is the state's official almanac and fact book. It contains listings and functional descriptions of government agencies and educational institutions. It also features an almanac, maps, facts about Oregon history and elections, as well as information on the arts, media, and other cultural institutions in Oregon. The print version of the Oregon Blue Book is published during odd-numbered years as required by ORS 177.120.

The primary goal of the Oregon Blue Book is to help the citizens of Oregon understand and gain access to their government and related institutions. To accomplish this, the Oregon Blue Book provides thousands of Web links. But understanding requires more than just directories that list websites. Accordingly, the Oregon Blue Book is brimming with original content:

We contacted hundreds of government offices, newspapers, cultural institutions and others in an effort to gather the most up-to-date information for this edition of the Oregon Blue Book

The Oregon History section has been rewritten and illustrated. This 2020 history of Oregon by Professor Bob Reinhardt introduces readers to the myriad ways that different people interacted with their environments to create this place we know as Oregon.  Several other sections, such as EconomyGovernment Finance and Almanac, have been rewritten to reflect important changes. And the Oregon Topics section includes hundreds of links to subjects that cut across rigid organizational hierarchies.

This Oregon Blue Book has a theme of celebrating the centennial of Oregon state parks. The featured exhibit combines photos and artwork to visually take readers on a tour of the huge variety of state parks in every corner of Oregon. Keeping with the Oregon state parks centennial theme, the featured essay explores some of the interesting and quirky state parks. In another reflection of the theme of the Oregon state parks centennial, we asked Oregon students to write essays describing their favorite state parks. We selected the top essays from the large number of submissions to be displayed in this edition of the Oregon Blue Book. All of these essays are illustrated with drawings by the authors.

The Explore Oregon section also features numerous other cultural exhibits such as one touring Oregon's Colorful Festivals and Celebrations and another one Exploring the Oregon State Fair. Other exhibits include Recreation in the Cascades since 1900; Oregon's CemeteriesOregon's Early Rural SchoolsProtecting Oregon BeachesCentennial of Woman Suffrage; and much more.

And there's plenty more to discover about Oregon.  The Notable Oregonians Guide offers biographical sketches of 88 individuals who have become prominent in various pursuits. The Explore Oregon section also has the Oregon Movies Guide and the Oregon Authors Guide.

Meanwhile, the Fun for All section offers a wealth of games, quizzes, trivia, and other resources for all ages.