Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

Changes Its Look

Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

Changes Its Look

Article excerpt

Historical journals have a deserved reputation as conservative publications that detail how our predecessors went about life in a time quite removed from our own. They avoid the hype and flash associated with popular magazines that dot the newsstands. Yet, to be successful, history journals must keep up with the times by changing their design and, sometimes, their contents.

The Oregon Historical Quarterly fits this pattern. In March 1900, the first issue of OHQ went out to readers in a plain brown cover, with the Society's seal to emphasize its authority and reliability. That image served OHQ for decades, as it published primary sources and the first analyses of the history of the Oregon Country. It took years before OHQ put on a new face. Not until 1955 did its pages include photographs, and color did not appear on the cover until 1966. The journal changed five more more times -- most significantly with a new design in 1987 and again in 1994 -- but the image remained restrained, reflecting the journal's scholarly contents.

Throughout 102 years of publication, OHQ has remained true to its mission as a journal of record for history about the Oregon Country. It has also been the same size -- six inches by nine inches -- a standard trim for scholarly publications. Still, much has changed over the years both in publishing and in our approach to the past. …

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