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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Klamath County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Case Files

1883-1987

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 Klamath County Courthouse, Room 17, Circuit Court Basement Storage Cage:
General Index Divorce Circuit Court, vol. 1-2, n.d. (1 inch microfilm jackets);
General Index Law & Equity Circuit Court, vol. 1, 1883-1937 (1 volume);
General Index Law and Equity Circuit Court, vol. 2, 1937-n.d. (1 inch of jackets);
General Index to Judgments, ca.1921-1983 (3 volumes);
Index to Circuit Court Journal [also indexes case files], vol. 1, 1883-1909 (1 volume);
Judgment Roll at Law [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-499, 1883-1913 (5 cu.ft.);
Law & Equity [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-389, 1883-1912 (5 cu.ft.);
Register of Actions Criminal [also indexes case files], vol. 8-9, 1923-1965 (2 volumes);
[Register of Criminal Actions-also indexes case files], vol. 10-21, 1966-1983 (12 volumes).

Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Room 305:
[Circuit Court Civil Case Files-includes law and equity], 1912-1983 (594 reels of microfilm);
Criminal Tapes [Circuit Court Criminal Case Files], 1929-1983 (73 reels of microfilm);
CV & [Divorce Files-Circuit Court Case Files], 1983-1984 (8 reels of microfilm);
[Defendant Index Civil], 1983-1987 (1.75 cu.ft.);
[General Index Divorces Circuit Court], vol. 1-2, ca.1900-ca.1983 (1.50 inches of microfiche);
[Index to Circuit Court Register-also indexes case files], vol. 1-3, 1939-1983 (2 inches of microfiche);
Plaintiff Index Civil, 1983-1987 (1.50 cu.ft.);
Unnumbered [Circuit Court Civil Case Files], 1954-1965 (17 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Klamath County Government Center, Clerk's Basement Storage Room:
Court Microfilm [Civil Case Files], 1981-1983 (48 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Klamath County Museum:
Divorce Decrees [title varies], 1949-1959 (.50 cu.ft.);
Register of Actions [also indexes circuit court case files-with index], no. 5380-9958, 1939-1951 (1 volume).

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