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The Shaw Historical Library has been publishing Journals about the history of the Klamath Basin and Land of the Lakes since 1986. The Journals are topical covering a wide range of subjects from the Applegate Trail to the Modoc War; from the history of water rights to the cattle ranching industry. Insightful, humorous and historically in depth, the Journals offer a window into a complex regional social and cultural history that is both ancient and unique in the United States.


Shaw Historical Library Journal (Vol 25) Silver Anniversary Issue

Buckaroos and Barons, Cattle Ranching in the Land of the Lakes

Our 25th Anniversary Journal begins in the 1860s, when the California cattle barons first spread into Oregon and the High Desert region. Some of the stories describe the life and times of the pioneer ranchers and settlers who tamed the land and founded the early regional communities. We explore famous historical ranches, associations that were formed to protect and serve them and the wonderful buckaroo traditions that became the hallmark of cattle management in Oregon and the West. We manage to cover 150 years of history emerging into the present day. Throughout the journal, we examine the steadfastness of the ranching family, saluting the men and women who continue the traditions of managing land and livestock.

Some highlights of this volume include image surveys by two well-­‐known local photographers, Mary Williams Hyde and Madeleine Graham Blake. Hyde’s photographs capture some of the urgency, beauty and power of the High Desert’s unique buckaroo lifestyle. Hyde has spent many years photographing the men and women who preserve the unique style and customs of the Buckaroo tradition. Blake’s glorious images expose the richness of modern ranching life. Sometimes whimsical, often poetic, Blake’s work offers an intimate view of running a small family ranch.

Another journal highlight is the detailed story of a modern cattle drive. The reader will experience wily cattle, willful horses and delight in lyrical descriptions of the extraordinary landscape.

vol24-front-coverShaw Historical Library Journal (Vol 23-24)

Unforgiving Landscape, Lava Beds National Monument and the Modoc War

Although it is famous as the most costly American Indian War, the Modoc War occupied only a short interval in the history and significance of Lava Beds National Monument. Lava Beds was the longtime homeland to an ancient people who valued for centuries the ability to sustain life on a harsh volcanic landscape. Lava Beds' distinctness as both an important cultural and accessible volcanic landscape afforded it recognition as a national monument in 1925.

This two volume Journal explores some of the history of this unique American region and continues the Library’s tradition of introducing new scholarship. Articles cover a wide range of subjects about people, times, beliefs, and aspirations that have helped define Lava Beds.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction, Barbara Ditman
  • Chronology of the Modoc War Conflict Without Counterpart, Richard Dillon
  • The Fields of Battle Tour. Mary Benterou, Gary Hathaway, Francis Landrum, and Bill Quinn
  • The Modoc Outbreak, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Meeting the Sun: Chapter XXVI—The Modoc War, William Simpson
  • The Modoc War—A Mirror to the Future, Cheewa James
  • New Facts, New Interpretations, 1988–2011, Cheewa James
  • Panel Discussion of the Modoc War by Descendants of Participants, Tom Nash, Cheewa James, Gerald Jackson, Jane DeLeon, Melissa Meacham Stewart, Daniel A. Halferty, Dan Colwell, Margaret Powell, Helen Crume Smith, Lynn Schonchin
  • Exile of the Modoc Tribe, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Miami and the Modocs, Steve Mark
  • The Modoc War: Novel Ways of Playing With History, Lee Juillerat
  • J.D. Howard--The Man Behind the Monument, Lee Juillerat
  • The Lava Beds Monument and the Making of California's "Last" Indian War, Boyd Cothran
  • The Discovery of Valentine Cave—An Interview with Ross R. Musselman, Sr. Theodore Picco
  • Changes Within The Sagebrush-Steppe Grasslands At Lava Beds National Monument Since 1873, David Larson
  • Lava Beds National Monument Comes of Age, Dave Kruse