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An Oral History of the OSU Press. March 26, 2014

An Oral History of the OSU Press

An interview with Jo Alexander and Jeff Grass conducted by Chris Petersen.

March 26, 2014

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Founded in 1961, the Oregon State University Press was, for much of its existence, a component of the university's Office of Publications. Burdened by chronic funding challenges, the Press experienced a roller coaster existence for many years and was nearly shuttered in 1990 following the passage in Oregon of the property tax limitation Ballot Measure 5. Now administratively organized alongside the OSU Libraries, the Press has evolved into a flourishing scholarly publisher responsible for nearly 400 titles focusing principally on the history and character of the Pacific Northwest. In this interview, Jo Alexander (b. 1944) and Jeff Grass (b. 1948) discuss their long association with the Press, which together spanned parts of five decades.