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
Goals and Features
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 Economy
, Government Finance
, 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.
Meanwhile, the Fun for All
section offers a wealth of games, quizzes, trivia, and other resources for all ages.
Like Oregon, the Oregon Blue Book
is expansive - totaling over 1,200 Web pages with thousands of images. We encourage you to explore the Oregon Blue Book
and, by extension, explore the state itself. The scenic photos
displayed throughout the Oregon Blue Book
will give you a taste of the rich natural and cultural beauty to be found in Oregon. You can also take a photo tour
of the governmental center of Oregon, the State Capitol.
The site map
is great way to get a quick overview of resources.