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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 177.120. The Web version is updated regularly as information about changes becomes available.


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 Web sites. Accordingly, the Oregon Blue Book is brimming with original content:


delta Several resources, such as the Economy, Government Finance, and History sections, provide in-depth analysis to better place the Oregon experience in context.


delta Dozens of state agency histories (see PDF example) show how state offices and functions have evolved since the first provisional government in the 1840s.


delta Records retention schedules (see PDF example) describe the functions of state agency programs in concise, straightforward language to help make large and complex agencies a little easier to comprehend.


Of course, the Oregon experience consists of much more than just understanding government. For a broader perspective, the Oregon Blue Book provides access to hundreds of Oregon art and culture organizations, newspapers, radio and television stations, and more. And the Oregon Topics section includes hundreds of links to subjects that cut across rigid organizational hierarchies.


Bernadette Murray cuddles with Tagalong, her little filly horse who was born on the Pacific Crest Trail during a Murray Family horse-packing trip on the 2,650-mile long trail from Mexico to Canada in 1969 and 1970. This is one of dozens of images from the new Oregon Cascades Recreation Web exhibit.

The Oregon Blue Book also features numerous cultural exhibits such as one exploring Recreation in the Cascades since 1900. Other exhibits include Oregon's Cemeteries; Oregon's Early Rural Schools; Protecting Oregon Beaches; Centennial of Woman Suffrage; Centennial of the Blue Book; Century Farms and Ranches; Depression Era Public Works; the Lewis and Clark Exposition exhibit of 1905 memorabilia; Oregon Trademarks, which interprets the state's colorful business history; and Oregon at Work, which displays the incredible range of Oregon occupations over the decades. Meanwhile, the Notable Oregonians Guide offers biographical sketches 84 of individuals who have become prominent in various pursuits.


And there's plenty more to discover about Oregon. The Explore Oregon section has movie and book guides as well as a wealth of games, quizzes, trivia, and other resources.


Like Oregon, the Oregon Blue Book is expansive - totaling over 2,000 Web pages. 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 or the governmental center of Oregon, the State Capitol.


And as you explore, please let us know if you have suggestions for making the Oregon Blue Book a better tool for understanding and accessing Oregon resources.


To learn more about using the Oregon Blue Book, please refer to the frequently asked questions page. If you have problems using the Oregon Blue Book, please refer to the help page. The site map is another way to get a quick overview of resources.


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