The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia


Kelly Cannon-Miller graduated with an M.A. in History from Portland State University in 1994 with a thesis on Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Her career in cultural resource management and museums has taken her from the Oregon Historical Society as a graduate intern through the National Park Service, the museum exhibit design firm Formations, Inc., and the High Desert Museum. She is currently the executive director for the Deschutes County Historical Society in Bend.


Jim Carmin has worked in the John Wilson Special Collections Library at Multnomah County Library since 1998. He also served as a librarian at the Architecture & Allied Arts Library at the University of Oregon where he earned his MA in art history. He is a member of the National Book Critic’s Circle and regularly reviews books for the Oregonian, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and the Philadelphia Review of Books.


Mina Carson is an assistant professor of American social and cultural history at Oregon State University. She teaches courses on the Progressive and New Deal eras, women in the twentieth century, American families, gay and lesbian movements, and the history of psychotherapy. She is also an accomplished musician and in 2004 co-authored Girls Rock: Fifty Years of Women Making Music.


Liz Carter is a sixth-generation Oregonian with roots in southern Oregon. Since graduating from the University of Oregon Historic Preservation Program in 1994, she has worked in both the public and private sectors in the field of preservation, and now teaches at the University of Oregon and works as a private consultant.


Rene Casteran is a retired Forest Service employee who worked in Wilderness, Trails and Dispersed Recreation. He backpacked the Kalmiopsis Wilderness for twenty years. He performed additional duties as a Heritage Resource Technician. While attending Southern Oregon State College (SOSC), he wrote an undergraduate history paper titled “Historic Overview of Chrome Mining, Siskiyou National Forest, Southwestern Oregon.” As part of his research he conducted oral histories with Len Ramp, retired State Geologist, and Bill Ford, former Josephine County Commissioner. He has a BS degree from SOSC in Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in Biology and Geography.


Judith A. Chapman (M.A., Oregon State University) is an archaeologist and architectural historian with Archaeological Investigation Northwest, Inc., in Portland, where she has authored and co-authored hundreds of cultural resource compliance reports.  She is the co-author of Molalla (Arcadia Publishing, 2008) and Scotts Mills: A Pictorial History (Quality Instant Printing, 2012), and has written several articles and pamphlets pertaining to architectural history.  A fourth generation Oregonian with Oregon Trail ancestors, she lives on a historic farm in Clackamas County.


Nancy Choate Christensen lived her first twenty-one years in La Grande, Oregon on the east side of the Blue Mountains. She received a B.S degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Oregon College in La Grande and did graduate work in School Psychology at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. Now she is retired and living in Lebanon, Oregon where she is a member of the Lebanon Genealogical Society.


Megan Clark is an Oregon resident and has a master’s degree from both the University of Southern California and Portland State University. She is a novelist and a teacher, and a long-standing resident of Hedgebrook, a rural writing retreat for women.  Her grandfather, George C. Clark II., was a radioman for the Army Air Corps in World War II., completing 46 missions in the European theater and was rewarded the Air Medal and the Oak Leaf Cluster.  She is currently writing a novel based on his adventures.


Suzanne Clark, a professor of modern literature at the University of Oregon, is an expert on twentieth-century American literature and culture. Her work on Bernard Malamud has appeared in American Scholar, and she is the author of Cold Warriors: Manliness on Trial in the Rhetoric of the West. Currently, she is working with David Frank on a manuscript on rhetoric and leadership, a study of University of Oregon president Robert D. Clark, who was the chief administrator there during the protest years and the early 1970s.


J. Henry Clarke, MS DMD, is Professor Emeritus, OHSU School of Dentistry, Past President of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry, and the recipient of the Hayden Harris Award for Outstanding Contributions to the History of Dentistry. He served as Chair of the OHSU School of Dentistry Archives and Historical Preservation Committee. He is a lecturer on History of Medicine at OHSU School of Medicine. Clarke has written three book chapters and fourteen articles on medical and dental history, and has delivered numerous national, regional, and local presentations on this topic.


Sydney Clevenger is communications coordinator for the OHSU School of Dentistry and editor of the School Alumni Association's nearly seventy-five-year-old newsletter, Caementum. She has been writing about healthcare, science, and technology for more than twenty years. She is also the author of Swifty's Big Flight, a children's book published under the pseudonym Lee Jackson.


Courtney Cloyd was an engineering geologist on the Siuslaw National Forest from 1987 to 2001. He also worked on the Rogue River National Forest from 1975 to 1984, and on the Siskiyou National Forest from 1984 to 1987. He retired in 2010 as the Senior Geologist for Geologic Resources and Geologic Hazards for the U.S. Forest Service. Courtney has a degree in geology from the University of Oregon, graduate studies at the University of Nevada-Reno, and is a registered professional geologist in Oregon and Washington.


Robin Cody was born in St. Helens and raised in Estacada. A freelance writer, he has been a high school English teacher, a dean of admissions at Reed College, a baseball umpire, a basketball referee, and a school bus driver. The Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission in 2005 picked his novel, Ricochet River, as one of the 100 essential Oregon books. His Voyage of a Summer Sun won the Oregon Book Award for literary nonfiction in 1996. Another Way the River Has is a collection of short, true stories. 


Philip Cogswell Jr. is a retired associate editor of the Oregonian. During his thirty-two-year career with the newspaper, he held various writing and editing positions, including Washington, D.C., correspondent, forum section editor, and deputy editorial page editor. During the summer of 1963, he was a congressional intern for Rep. Edith Green.


Scott Cohen completed his M.A. in history at Portland State University. His current research focuses on the rivers of the Pacific Northwest and on Portland's transportation history. He currently works on transportation management and policy development at the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation.


Don Colburn is a freelance writer and poet in Portland. During a thirty-three-year journalistic career, he worked as a reporter for four newspapers, including The Washington Post and The Oregonian, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He has a B.A. from Amherst College and an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. Colburn has published three collections of poetry. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares and Poetry Northwest, and won the Discovery/The Nation Award. He is a board member of Friends of William Stafford.


Cary Collins teaches Pacific Northwest history to ninth graders at Tahoma Junior High School in Ravensdale, Washington. He is the editor of Assimilation's Agent: My Life as a Superintendent in the Indian Boarding School System, by Edwin L. Chalcraft, and with SuAnn Reddick is writing a history of the Isaac Stevens treaties.


Craig Collisson has taught United States racial and ethnic history at Colorado universities including the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He particularly enjoys teaching courses on the civil rights movement and immigration. His research focuses on how black students, along with many allies, changed universities in the late 1960s including initiating minority recruitment programs, making the curriculum more diverse, and the creation of Offices of Minority Affairs.


Marylou Colver holds a Masters in Library Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She founded the Lake Oswego Historic Home Tour in 2007. She conceived of, helped research, and wrote two exhibits: Lost Landmarks: The Fate of Historic Homes in Lake Oswego and Building Blocks: A Pictorial History of Lake Oswego Neighborhoods. In addition she writes articles on local history for the City's newsletter, Hello LO, and serves on the City of Lake Oswego’s Historic Resources Advisory Board. She maintains a blog: lakeoswegohistory.blogspot.com.


Mapril Easton Combs lives on her family's Century Farm in Dora, Oregon. She has a B.S. degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon and an MA in Education from the University of Alaska-Anchorage. She is a former Air Force personnel officer, and a retired educator. Her husband, Grant, is retired from the Air Force. They raised their four children in Oregon. Mapril writes a weekly news column for the Myrtle Point Herald, and plays fiddle with the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers.


Thomas J. Connolly is an archaeologist and Director of Archaeological Research at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History & State Museum of Anthropology. His fieldwork focuses primarily on the Pacific Northwest and Desert West of North America. His numerous publications on this region include the co-authored Oregon Archaeology and other monographs, book chapters, and journal articles.


Camille Cope has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Portland State University (PSU) and will graduate with an M.S. in Geography from PSU in June 2012.  Her master's work focused on the history of human-induced environmental changes in the Tualatin River Watershed (Washington County).


Dr. E. Wayne Courtney is an Emeritus Professor at Oregon State University. He has degrees in forestry and agriculture from Purdue University. His maternal grandparent was Native American. His publications include The Indians of Yaquina Bay, along with companion treatises Under the Winds of Yaquina and The Yaquina Country – Shorebirds and Seabirds.


Ted W. Cox was born in Eugene, Oregon, in 1947. He graduated from the University of La Verne (ULV) in 1969 with a BA in Physical Education and Oregon State University (OSU) in 1975 with an MS in Education. From 1969 to 1973, Cox served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa and Central America. During 1975 and 1976 he taught physical education and first aid at Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) in Albany, Oregon. Since 1977, Ted has owned and operated the Old World Deli in downtown Corvallis, Oregon. He has written two books, The Toledo Incident of 1925, and Murray Loop: Journey of an Oregon Family: 1808-1949.


Fred Crafts is a Eugene arts consultant and national award-winning arts writer. He worked as fine arts editor of the Los Angeles Times and arts editor of the Eugene Register-Guard.



Mary Bywater Cross has worked since 1981 in the field of quilt history, taking their value as visual records of human experience beyond the confines of the traditional quilting world to the broader public. Her research has resulted in two books and numerous articles on quilts of migration made by and for women who traveled the Oregon and Mormon Trails. She has curated exhibits of historic and contemporary quilts for regional museums and educational institutions and has lectured in Canada, England, and across America. She travels Oregon as an OCH Chautauqua Scholar.


Dawna Curler is the owner of Backward Glance, a research and writing service specializing in personal, family, business and community history. She has a master’s degree in Museum Studies and experience working for historical organizations including the Southern Oregon Historical Society, the New York Historical Association, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Curler has written text for museum exhibits, radio and television broadcasts, publications and public presentations. She is the author of A Lasting Impression: The Art and Life of Regina Dorland Robinson and Always Do the Right Thing: The One Hundred Year Legacy of Lawrence's Jewelers.