Spring 2016

Issue 117:1

In the Spring 2016 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, authors explore topics including early Chinookan village units of the lower Columbia River, Fred A. Routledge's career as a commercial artist viewed through a series of pictorial maps of the Pacific Northwest, and Oregon State University's sectarian origins as the state's land-grant agricultural school.

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In this Issue 

Chinookan Villages of the Lower Columbia

by Henry Zenk, Yvonne Hajda, and Robert Boyd

In this guide, Henry Zenk, Yvonne Hajda, and Robert Boyd offer readers examples of a comprehensive list of Chinookan villages along the lower Columbia River in the first half of the nineteenth century. Drawing from their recently published Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia (CPLC), the authors discuss early Chinookan village units and linguistic divides, and provide new analysis based on previously unexamined sources. As the authors note: "The primary documentation on lower Columbia villages — archaeological, ethnohistorical, and linguistic — continues to grow as new data and source materials are discovered . . . with this new material, researchers continue to learn more about the Chinookan villagers of the lower Columbia."

The Pictorial Maps of Fred A. Routledge

by Craig Clinton

In this heavily illustrated research article, Craig Clinton documents Fred A. Routledge's career as a commercial artist through a series of pictorial maps from the 1890s through 1930s. Although "personal details relating to Routledge's life and career are quite scarce," Clinton examines a range of illustrations to tell a story of his career from early street-level illustrations for the West Shore magazine to later birds-eye views of the Pacific Northwest. Routledge's maps not only documented existing landscapes, but also his "enduring engagement with the natural world and his belief in the transformative potential of humankind." The "quality of his pictorial map," explains Clinton, "was to become a significant feature of commercial travel cartography in the 1930s and beyond."

From Church to State: The Sectarian Roots of Oregon State University

by William G. Robbins

In 1868, the Oregon legislature designated Corvallis College as the state's land-grant agricultural school that would eventually become Oregon State University. The university was established as part of the 1862 Morrill Act, which granted states 30,000 acres to promote education in "agriculture and the mechanic arts." William G. Robbins reveals Oregon State University's sectarian ties to the Southern-sympathizing Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and its evolution from a "small, struggling academy" to "one of seventy-six land-grant colleges and universities . . . designated as land grants in 1890." According to Robbins, "Oregon State University is part of a proud and distinctively American institution" that will soon celebrate its sesquicentennial as a land-grant school.

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