About the Oregon Blue Book

Cover of Oregon Blue


The Oregon Blue Book is our state's official almanac and fact book. It is produced by the Oregon State Secretary of State's Office and has been in continuous publication since 1911. The Oregon Blue Book contains listings and​ 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. 

Goals and Features

The Oregon Blue Book’s main goal is to help Oregonians understand and access their government and related institutions. Here on our digital Oregon Blue Book we provide the latest information possible with thousands of links to allow for even more as needed. We're constantly searching newspapers, talking with government offices and checking with institutions and others to gather the most up-to-date information for this digital space.

But understanding requires more than directories and links. The Oregon Blue Book is also rich with original content.

Pilot Rock
Pilot Rock is located in the​ Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, one of Oregon's four national monuments​. (Oregon State Archives photo)​
This 2023-2024 Oregon Blue Book celebrates Oregon’s four national monuments: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Newberry Volcanic National Monument, Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. We have created a special digital story about the monuments​ designed to re-introduce these special places to Oregonians. We have also included two exceptional Oregon National Monuments Essays, written by experts on the Indigenous tribal connections to these lands and the geologic history. 

Other sections, such as Economy, Government Finance and Almanac, have been rewritten to reflect important changes. We’ve also improved the Cultural Resources section by greatly expanding our Arts Organizations directory. You’ll also find our History Organizations and Natural Sciences sections have expanded. 

Each edition of Oregon Blue Book is a “snapshot in time” of our state. With that in mind, we asked Oregon students to write essays describing their COVID-19 pandemic experience. We’ve chosen a selection of those essays for publication both in our print edition and here on our digital space. One of the essays was selected by Secretary Fagan as the featured essay, written by Ashlyn Huang of Corbett​.
Use the form below to let us know if you have suggesti​ons for making the Oregon Blue Book a better tool for understanding and accessing Oregon resources.

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