The Authors of the Oregon Encyclopedia
Carl Abbott has taught at Portland State University since 1978. He has written extensively on the history of Portland and the Pacific Northwest and has been active as a board member of a number of community groups, including the Oregon Encyclopedia, the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, the Oregon Downtown Development Association, and Livable Oregon. He is a contributor to the Oregonian and Portland Monthly and is a frequent speaker to community groups.
Craig Adams is a Portland radio historian who has been in the broadcast industry for twenty-nine years. He attended Portland Community College and is an album and CD consultant. He is the author of two discography books and has collaborated on Pioneer Mikes: A History of Radio and Television in Oregon, by Ronald Kramer (2009).
Cameron Addis is Professor of History at Austin Community College and Adjunct Instructor at American Military University. He lived in West Linn and Lake Oswego, Oregon, as a child and received his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Washington, where he studied Northwest history and Indian relations. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas, where he specialized in early America. He is the author of Jefferson's Vision for Education (2003), which traces Jefferson's founding of the University of Virginia, the first secular college in western history. He has published articles on 18th-century astronomy and Kansas City Jazz.
Sy Adler has been teaching Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University since 1982. He's done extensive research about the history and politics of transportation, land use, and environmental planning in the Portland metropolitan area, and about the early history and evolution of the Oregon statewide land use planning program.
Tony Ahern was six months old when his family moved from Baker to Madras in 1963. He grew up in Madras and lived in the same house until he left for college. Upon graduation from the University of Oregon in 1986, he went to work for Eagle Newspapers Inc. Through the company, he returned to Madras in 1993 to become publisher of the Madras Pioneer, where he remains.
Melvin Aikens is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Oregon, where he taught North American, South American, and East Asian archaeology (1969 -2000), in the Department of Anthropology and served as Director of the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History (1996-2005). His academic training includes a BA (University of Utah 1960), MA (University of Chicago, 1962), and PhD (University of Chicago, 1966). His personal research has centered on the American Southwest and Great Basin, and on Japan /Northeast Asia. He is the author or co-author of sixteen archaeological books and monographs, and author of more than 100 book chapters, journal articles, reviews, notes and comments.
Carla Albright is the Exhibit Coordinator at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. She has curated exhibits of Lucia Wiley’s art for the Tillamook County Courthouse and the museum, and helped with repairs on the Wiley courthouse fresco. Carla has a BA in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has taken post-graduate classes in Fine Art from Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA. She is the author of Coastal Gardening for the Pacific Northwest, has written several articles for Coastal Living magazine, and has been the gardening columnist for the Tillamook Headlight Herald since 2002.
Gary Albright is the Director of the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and has extensive museum experience throughout North America. He has undergraduate degrees from Robert Morris University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Gary is a Marine Corps veteran, has worked as a counselor with at-risk youth, has worked as an independent furniture maker, and retired in 1997 as HUD's District Inspector General for the Pacific.
Carol Alhadeff is director of the Jantzen Archives in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Marylhurst College, Marylhurst Oregon, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design. Two weeks after graduation she came to work for Jantzen as a staff artist for the in-house advertising department. She has continued with the company for over four decades. She currently maintains the active Jantzen archive now owned by Perry EllisInternational, Inc. The archive is located in Jantzen's city of origin, in the original 1929 building that served as company and world headquarters.
Ginny Allen is an art historian and author. She is the co-author of Oregon Painters: The First Hundred Years, 1859-1959 (OHS Press, 1999) and has written articles on artist Melville Wire for the Oregon Historical Quarterly and American Art Review. Since 2004 she has worked on the WPA art inventory of the state of Oregon, with recent efforts to identify and help preserve and conserve works that were placed on loan to the Portland Public Schools. She is a long-time Portland Art Museum docent and art council member.
Mike Allen is a freelance editorial writer and copywriter in Portland. A graduate of Portland State University and a former chef and butcher, his interests include the intersections of food, craft, biology, and history.
Since 1999, Trudy Allen has been the historian of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation. Prior to that, she was the historian of its sister organization, Oregon Women Lawyers. She was the chair of the history committee of Queen’s Bench, the Multnomah County chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers, and in that capacity was instrumental in the development of a display about the history of women lawyers in Oregon, which is installed at the office of the Oregon State Bar. Starting in 1982, she practiced law in Oregon for 32 years and is now retired. She holds a JD degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.
Cathy Croghan Alzner is an instructor of history at Portland Community College. She has served as archivist for Portland State University and is a former nurse. With Gordon Dodds, she published Serving Justice: A History of the Oregon State Bar (Oregon State Bar, 2005).
Kenneth Ames was Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Portland State University. He was an expert in cultural evolutionary theory and the Archaeology of North America and East Asia, with special emphasis on western North America and the Northwest Coast. He served as the director of PSU's Wapato Valley Archaeological Project, which includes (among other sites) major excavations of Cathlapotle and the Meier Site. He has published dozens of articles and books, most recently Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia (UW Press, 2013). He passed away in 2019.
Maija Anderson is Head of Historical Collections & Archives at Oregon Health & Science University Library. She holds an MA in Art History from University of Chicago and an MA in Library and Information Science from University of Missouri-Columbia. She also works independently as a consulting archivist and publishes and speaks in venues for archivists, historians, health care professionals, and the general public.
Karen Anderson Peterson graduated from Portland, State University and University of California, Los Angeles with degrees in both history and folklore and mythology. She is currently the Oregon Health & Science University archivist where she has served for nearly fourteen years. Ms. Peterson writes extensively on the people and events pertaining to medical education and practice in the Pacific Northwest and the history of OHSU.
Kelly Andersson is an award-winning writer and web developer with a 20-year history of writing for publication. Jack Thomas taught her to flyfish in Oregon's North Fork of the John Day Wilderness.
Warren Aney enlisted in the Oregon Army National Guard in 1953 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1958. He served in the Guard until 1996, with assignments as platoon leader, company commander, battalion intelligence officer, operations sergeant, and intelligence sergeant. His last assignment was six years as Oregon Army National Guard staff historian and he continues to serve as a contract historian. Aney’s professional civilian career is in wildlife ecology with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and as a private consultant. He received a BS in fish and game management at Oregon State College and an MA in ecological studies from Oregon State University.
Alan Armstrong (Ph.D., Cornell University) directed the Center for Shakespeare Studies at Southern Oregon University for two decades. Co-author of Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors: Telling the Story (2014), he writes about original staging practices as well as contemporary performance. Since 2006, he has served as a production dramaturg for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Sean Arnold, a native Oregonian, is a part-time counselor and full-time student at Portland Community College. He has previous work experience in mental health care, construction, and retail.
Timothy Askin is an independent architectural historian and preservation consultant with a strong interest in the history of social welfare institutions and early-twentieth-century architecture. He has previously written about the Eugene airport for the Lane County Historian and has specific expertise in the early history of inner southeast Portland. He has a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon and a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin.
Janet Asteroff is a writer, historian, and business analyst working in academia and industry. A former editor of the John Jay Papers, she holds a doctorate in Communications from Columbia University. Janet died on September 17, 2018.
Kay Atwood graduated from Mills College in 1964 and earned a master's degree from the University of California, Davis. For over thirty years, she worked independently as a local historian and consultant in southwest Oregon. She authored several books and reports on Oregon history, including Illahe, the Story of Settlement in the Rogue River Canyon, Mill Creek Journal, and Chaining Oregon: Surveying the Public Lands of the Pacific Northwest, 1851-1855. She passed away in 2014.
George Azumano is a second generation Japanese American, born in Portland in 1918. He earned a BS from the University of Oregon in 1940. After internment during WWII he established an insurance agency and soon expanded into the travel business. He has been an active member of the Epworth Methodist Church since 1935. He has served on the General Board of Pensions for the United Methodist Church, as a Willamette University trustee, and on the Japanese American National Museum's Board of Trustees. In 1982, the Japanese government awarded him the Emperor's Medal of the 4th Order of the Rising Sun.