The Authors of the Oregon Encyclopedia
Renae Campbell is a historical archaeology doctoral student at the University of Idaho, where she is also a research assistant at the Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC). She is an editor of the AACC Newsletter and co-creator of the Historical Japanese Ceramic Comparative Collection, a digital resource for identifying Japanese ceramics found on archaeological sites in the American West. Renae holds a BA in history, a MA in anthropology, and worked as a professional archaeologist in Oregon for several years.
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.
Mary Jane Cedar Face has been the Social Sciences and Native American Studies Librarian at Southern Oregon University (SOU) for nearly 25 years. She earned her MLIS (Library and Information Science) and MA (Anthropology) at Rutgers University. At SOU Hannon Library, she also has oversight of Special Collections/ University Archives. She has participated in numerous collaborations with regional partners to preserve and make accessible Southern Oregon history.
Brad Chalfant is the founder and executive director of the Deschutes Land Trust. An attorney and public land manager, he was county lands manager for Deschutes County. A resident of Central Oregon for over thirty years, he attended college at the University of Kansas (BGS in geography and economics) and law school at Northwest School of Law in Portland. Brad has explored the Deschutes River Basin as a fisherman, birder, backpacker, backcountry skier, and cyclist. His community service includes serving on the board of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, the Central Oregon Trails Alliance (cofounder), and the Oregon State Parks Commission. He was a member of Senator Ron Wyden’s Central Oregon Recreation Assets Committee, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument Advisory Committee, Central Oregon Geothermal Working Group, Bend Urban Trails Advisory Committee, Deschutes Province Advisory Committee/BLM RAC, the Bend Riverway steering committee, the Greenprint of Deschutes County steering committee, the Deschutes Recreation Assets Committee, the Bend Metro Parks & Recreation District Budget Committee and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board–Rules Advisory Committees.
Judith A. Chapman (M.A., Oregon State University) is an archaeologist and architectural historian with Archaeological Investigation Northwest in Portland, where she has authored and coauthored hundreds of cultural resource compliance reports. She is the coauthor of Molalla (2008) and Scotts Mills: A Pictorial History (2012) and has written several articles and pamphlets on 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.
Christine Chute is a retired lawyer who lives in Salem. She became interested in the history of the western Willamette Valley while living in rural Polk County. She used to serve on the board of the Sheridan (Oregon) Museum of History.
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.
Robert E. Clay (“Bob”) has lectured and written on the architectural career of William C. Knighton and owned a Knighton-designed house which he secured a registration to the National Register of Historic Places. Bob is a docent for the Architectural Heritage Center in Portland, and a Past President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association. He retired after a 37-year career in urban planning and housing policy, including 27 years as a Chief Planner with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Bob holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, School of Public Administration in Washington, D.C.
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 retired newspaper reporter, and a poet. During his journalistic career, he worked for four newspapers, including The Washington Post and The Oregonian, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He is the author of five poetry collections, all published after they won or placed in national manuscript competitions —most recently Mortality, with Pronoun Shifts, winner of the 2018 Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest. His writing honors also include the Discovery/The Nation Award, the Finishing Line Press Poetry Prize, the Cider Press Review Book Award, and fellowships at The McDowell Colony and Yaddo, He is a former board member of Friends of William Stafford.
Mandy Cole is the Coordinator of the Linn County Historical Museum and the historic 1881 Moyer House in Brownsville, Oregon.
Kenneth Coleman is a writer, musician, and Pacific Northwest historian. He is the author of Dangerous Subjects: James D. Saules and the Rise of Black Exclusion in Oregon. He earned his MA in history from Portland State University in 2014, and his current research interests include settler colonialism, class formation, and racism in pre-statehood Oregon.
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 U.S. 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 by (among other things) initiating minority recruitment programs, making the curriculum more diverse, and creating Offices of Minority Affairs.
Marylou Colver founded the non-profit Lake Oswego Preservation Society in 2011. She is the author of Lake Oswego Vignettes: Illiterate Cows to College-Educated Cabbage, a History Press title published in 2012. Colver has received the City of Lake Oswego’s Historic Preservation Merit Award and the City’s Unsung Hero Award. The Daughters of the American Revolution presented Colver with the Excellence in Community Service Award for spearheading the 2016 Oregon Supreme Court victory, which protected 3,200
historic properties across Oregon. www.lakeoswegopreservationsociety.org
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 Director of the Archaeological Research Division of the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History & State Museum of Anthropology. His archaeological research focuses mainly in Oregon and the broader Pacific Northwest, but he has also done fieldwork on the northern Plains and in Scotland. He has worked extensively with archaeological museum collections, particularly ancient fiber artifacts. Connolly is a co-author of Oregon Archaeology, and dozens of monographs, technical reports, and journal articles.
Alan L. Contreras is a writer and higher education consultant based in Eugene. A fourth-generation Oregonian born in Tillamook County, he has published twelve books and served as co-editor of Birds of Oregon (2003). His other major work includes Afield: Forty Years of Birding the American West (2009), Pursuit of Happiness: An Introduction to the Libertarian Ethos of C.E.S. Wood (2014), Edge of Awe: Experiences of the Malheur-Steens Country (editor, 2019) and Collected Poems of Ada Hastings Hedges (co-editor with Ulrich Hardt, 2020).
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).
William Cornett is an associate professor of anthropology at Portland State University, Linfield College, and Clark College. His research interests include political ecology, power and resistance, ethnographic writing, and archaeological fieldwork methods.
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, an independent scholar in the field of quilt history since 1981, takes the value of quilts 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 curated exhibits of historic and contemporary quilts for regional museums and educational institutions and lectured in Canada, England, and across America. She traveled Oregon as an Oregon Council of Humanities Chautauqua Speaker for six years. Since 2010, Mary has been active as advisor and grant writer for the Oregon Quilt Documentation Project Committee.
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.
Daniel Curran is a freelance writer with an M.A. in Writing with a degree concentration in Book Publishing from Portland State University (2004). He is a published journalist, short story writer, and sportswriter, and has been a workshop leader for the Oregon Writing Festival from 2010 to present.