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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Harney County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records

1870-1991

Series documents the authorization by the state and local governments for the use of public waters. Series includes water rights, licenses, and certificates of water rights issued by the state and filed with the county. Records may include alphabetical indexes to the certificates, transcripts, statements, evidence, and other records specifically related to water rights cases heard by circuit and appellate courts. Information includes names of individuals proving water rights; locations of water rights including the township, range, and section number; descriptions of land under such rights; and limitations of appropriations of rights and use of rights (i.e., length of time, usage). Original water rights certificates are filed with the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room, Plastic Tub:
Original Decrees [Cow Creek Supplemental Findings], 1939 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Decree on Mandate Silvies River], 1925 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Decrees Rattlesnake Creek Cow Creek Mill & Coffeepot Creeks], 1937-1950 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Donner und Blitzen Findings and Decrees], 1938-1947 (2 volumes);
Original Decrees [Donner und Blitzen General Index], ca.1938 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Donner und Blitzen Transcript of Testimony], vol. XIII, ca.1938 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Findings of Fact Rock Creek Catlow Valley], 1955 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Findings of Fact Silvies River], 1918 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Malheur River Decrees], ca.1925-ca.1938 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Mill Creek Coffeepot Creek Findings and Order], 1950 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Rattlesnake Creek Adjudication Survey Map], 1938 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Rattlesnake Creek Transcript of Testimony], 1938 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Silver Creek Claims], vol. 3, ca.1926 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Silver Creek Decrees], 1934, 1978 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Trout Creek Wildhorse Creek Decrees], 1916-1956 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Wildhorse Creek Jurisdictional Papers], vol. 1, 1953(1 volume);
Original Decrees [Wildhorse Creek Testimony], ca.1904 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Adjudication Plats Dist. 10 Malheur River [District-Water Rights], ca.1913-ca.1914 (1 volume);
Brief of Behalf of of Pacific Livestock Company [Malheur River], n.d. (1 volume);
Donner und Blitzen Original Evidence Exhibit 2 [River], vol. 17, n.d. (1 volume);
Index Map Silvies River Adjudication [Water Rights], ca.1912 (1 volume);
In Re Silvies River Original Evidence [Water Rights Adjudication Maps], 1912 (1 volume);
Malheur River [Water Rights Adjudication Maps], ca.1913 (1 volume);
Original Decrees [Decree on Mandate Silvies River], 1925 (1 volume);
Record of Certificate of Water Rights [with index], vol. 1-2, 1914-1946 (2 volumes);
Record of Water Rights [with index], vol. B, 1905-1917 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1947-1978 (1 volume);
Water [Brief Harney Basin Development Company-Silvies River], ca.1923 (1 volume);
Water [Donner und Blitzen Original Evidence Exhibits], ca.1920 (1 volume);
Water Matters [Water District Formation Records-trifolded], 1915-1919 (.05 cu.ft.);
Water [Pacific Livestock Company vs. J.L. van Graft et al-includes transcript of testimony, claims, and related records], 1913-ca.1933 (.40 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Cow Creek Adjudication Survey Map...], vol. 1, 1938 (1 volume);
Water Rights Donner und Blitzen [River-Decree], 1942 (1 volume);
Water Rights Donner und Blitzen [River-Original Evidence Statement of Contests], vol. V, 1930-1931 (1 volume);
Water Rights Donner und Blitzen [River-Original Evidence Transcript of Testimony], vol. VI-VII, 1931 (1 volume); vol. X, 1931 (1 volume);
Water Rights Donner und Blitzen [Silvies River Transcript of Testimony], vol. 3, 1915 (1 volume);
Water Rights Donner und Blitzen [Silvies River Willow Creek Transcript of Testimony], 1912 (2 volumes);
[Water Rights Maps-black cover], ca.1960 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Miscellaneous Adjudication Records-mostly Donner und Blitzen River], ca.1920-ca.1939 (.60 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Rattle Snake Creek Exhibits], vol. 1, ca.1928 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Rattle Snake Creek Transcript of Testimony], vol. 3, 1938 (1 volume);
[Water Rights-Record], vol. A-3, 1874-1959 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. 4, 1959-ca.1979 (1 sheet of microfilm jacket);
Water Rights [Silver Creek Jurisdictional Papers...], vol. IV, n.d. (1 volume);
Water Rights Silvies River/Donner & Blitzen [includes mostly bound adjudication records such as statements and proofs, contest papers, original evidence, transcripts, contest testimony, exhibits, briefs, and related records], ca.1912-ca.1938 (4 cu.ft.);
Wildhorse Creek Findings and Order of Determination, 1953 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Irrigation Cases [Water Rights Case Files], 1918-1928 (.30 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Notices-trifolded], 1897-1908 (.20 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Record Index], vol. 4, 1979 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Record-partial], vol. 4, 1979 (1 sheet of microfiche).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom Cabinet:
Water Rights [with index], vol. A, 1874-1905 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Court Old Jail File Room:
County Court Journal Juvenile [Administrative and Judicial Journal-includes adoptions, mental commitments, widow's pensions, water rights, civil and criminal judicial actions, and administrative actions], vol. B, 1920-1963 (1 volume);
Old Transcripts & Testimonies Water Rights [Rock Creek, Cow Creek, and Silver Creek], ca.1913-ca.1973 (1.50 cu.ft.).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Water Rights Adjudication Records [Circuit Court], 1870-1991 (Familysearch.org).

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