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 OSU Press

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Faye Chadwell, OSU Press Director and the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian

Thomas S. Booth, Associate Director

OSU Press
121 The Valley Library

Since its founding in 1961, the Oregon State University Press has supported and enhanced the university’s place as a major research institution by publishing outstanding works of scholarship by the faculty of OSU and of other institutions as well as works of general interest to readers in the state and beyond.

The OSU Press specializes in books of importance to the Pacific Northwest, especially those dealing with natural resource issues and the history, natural history, cultures, and literature of the region. The OSU Press has a long history of publishing books about the state and region, including guides to flora and fauna, atlases, guides to natural and historic sites; biographies, memoirs, and oral histories of cultural or historic importance; and literary works by some of the region’s most accomplished writers.

The editorial program of the OSU Press includes several distinguished series of books:

  • Women and Politics in the Pacific Northwest
  • Culture and Environment in the Pacific West, which probes the relationships between cultural and environmental subjects west of the Rockies
  • Northwest Reprints, which brings back into print classic works of fiction and nonfiction from the region’s past
  • Northwest Readers, which makes available collections of writing by notable Northwest authors and anthologies on provocative regional themes
  • Oregon Literature Series, a project of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English
  • Northwest Photography Series
  • Horning Visiting Scholars Series
  • First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies

Books published by the OSU Press have received awards for editorial and design excellence, including the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Special Award for Outstanding Contributions to Northwest Literature; Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title of the Year; inclusion in the Association of American University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show; Oregon Book Awards for Nonfiction and Literary Nonfiction; and the John Burroughs Society Medal from the American Museum of Natural History for a Distinguished Book of Natural History.

In 2007, OSU Press joined the OSU Libraries. Oregon State University Libraries and Press is a dynamic environment that promotes innovation, values diversity, nurtures creativity, and builds strong communities. Press staff work closely with library colleagues on projects and digital initiatives.

The press publishes 20 to 25 new books each year and has approximately 300 titles in print. The press also distributes select titles published by the University of Oregon Press and partners with other nonprofit organizations in the state on some projects. Publishing decisions are made in consultation with a faculty advisory board after external peer review of each project.

Members of the Editorial Board for 2016–2017 academic year are:

  • Peter Betjemann, Chair, Oregon State University, English
  • Katy Barber, Portland State University, History
  • Natchee Barnd, Oregon State University, Ethnic Studies
  • Steve Clark, Oregon State University, University Relations and Marketing
  • Ellen Eisenberg, Willamette University, History
  • Kenneth Helphand, University of Oregon, Landscape Architecture
  • Peg Herring, Oregon State University, Extension and Experiment Station Communications
  • Michael Nelson, Oregon State University, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
  • Cristina Eisenberg, Lead Scientist, Earthwatch Institute

The OSU Press is a member of the Association of American University Presses (—a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support university presses in their endeavor to make widely available the best of scholarly knowledge and the most important results of scholarly research; to provide an organization through which the exchange of ideas relating to university presses and their functions may be facilitated; and to afford technical advice and assistance to learned bodies, scholarly associations, and institutions of higher learning.

OSU Press books can be purchased from local and national booksellers as well as online at Additional information for authors wishing to submit manuscripts, is also available at

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