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Umatilla County history books
The following are books written during the past 50 years that deal primarily with Umatilla County history or communities in Umatilla County. If you have additional books to suggest, please complete this form. You may also use this [ PDF ] version.
 
This listing is merely to inform people of some of the available history books. It is not an endorsement of any or all of the publications.

 
Karson, Jennifer, ed., Wiyaxayxt – As Days Go By – Wiyaakaaawn -- : Our History, Our Land, and Our People: The Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla. Pendleton: Tamástslikt Cultural Institute and Oregon Historical Society, 2006 . Photographs,  maps, notes, index. 263 pages.
 
Articles are written from a tribal perspective, they begin with ancient teachings and traditions, moving to the period of first contact with Euro-Americans, the Treaty Council, war and the reservation period, and then to 21st century tribal governance.
 
 
Nielsen, Lawrence E. and Deanne M.  Roads of Yesterday in Northeastern Oregon. Bend: Maverick Publications, 1990. Maps, photographs.
 
The authors tell the story of early roads from The Dalles to Walla Walla, and northeastern Oregon.
 
 
Searcey, Mildred. We Remember. Pendleton: East Oregonian Publishing Co., 1973. Photographs, Illustrations, Bibliography, Index. Pp. 176.
 
Publication consists of 23 vignettes that were originally presented on the Museum of the Air on radio station KUMA in Pendleton.  The book presents stories taken from primary, secondary, oral history sources about general historical events, people, and families of Umatilla County.
 
 
Searcey, Mildred. Way Back When. Pendleton: East Oregonian Publishing Co., 1972. Photographs, Illustrations, Bibliography, Index. Pp. 203.
 
Publication consists of vignettes that were originally presented on the radio program Museum of the Air on radio station KUMA in Pendleton to promote interest in the histories of Umatilla and Morrow counties.  Most of the material consists of early settlement of the area and Native Americans.  Information was compiled primarily from oral histories.
 
 
Umatilla County. Statewide Inventory of Historic Sites and Buildings: Umatilla County. Pendleton: Umatilla County, 1976. Photographs, Illustrations. Pp. 42. [ PDF  3.6 mb ]
 
Collection of survey documents for individual properties in Umatilla County. Entries include address, physical description, and narrative history for each resource. Scan made from poor-quality photocopies.
 
 

Umatilla County Historical Society. Umatilla County: A Backward Glance. Pendleton: East Oregonian Master Printers, 1980, rev. 1981. Maps, Photographs. Pp. vi, 270.
 
A primarily photographic history of Umatilla County, arranged in a city/town format from the earliest town established in the county to the last.  Each section provides a short introduction to the city/town with several accompanying photographs.  Information was compiled from the primary sources.
 
 
Wagner, June Ed. Golden Yesterdays. Pendleton: Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Blue Mountain Community College, 1976. Illustrations, Index. Pp. 186.
 
Publication is a collection of oral histories gathered from senior citizens in Umatilla and Morrow County about various topics both in theme and time period.
 

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