Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Harney County Records Inventory
Circuit Court Case Files
Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Transcripts [Oregon vs. Edward L. Oliver], 1898 (1.10 cu.ft.).
Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Circuit Court Case Files [Law, Equity, Misc.-includes mostly civil and some criminal and unnumbered case files-title varies], no. 1-5306, 1888-1963 (89 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Transcripts], 1890-1976 (5 cu.ft.);
Complaint Suit in Equity [Mott vs. Stafford Circuit Court Case Record No. 2903], 1930-1932 (1 volume);
Jim Appling vs. City of Burns [Circuit Court Case Records No. 6996], 1976 (.30 cu.ft.).
Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom Cabinet:
[Circuit Court Case Files-Civil], no. 5307-8315, 1963-1983 (30 reels of microfilm);
[Criminal Files-Circuit Court Case Files], no. 469-1423, 1947-1985 (6 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Criminal Cases [Files-includes other numbered and unnumbered case files-title varies], no. 1-468, 1907-1947 (4.65 cu.ft.);
[Divorce Decrees-and Returns], ca.1950-1958 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Circuit Court Transcripts], 1913-1953 (1 cu.ft.);
Peter French Papers [State vs. E.L. Oliver Murder Trial Records], 1898 (.15 cu.ft.).