Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Marion County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals


Series documents all administrative actions of the board of county commissioners and the county court. In most counties, the board of county commissioners has assumed the administrative duties and responsibilities of the county court. Administrative actions include levying taxes; budgeting; approving appropriations; appointing county officials; approving officials bonds and annual reports; receiving petitions and remonstrances concerning county roads; defining and establishing county roads; calling bond elections for the construction of county buildings; compiling jury lists and conducting hearings; approving salaries and expenses of county officials; confirming elections; and issuing licenses for such things as liquor, ferries, warehouses, and groceries. The series may be referred to as the County Court Administrative Journal, Commissioner's Minutes, County Court Docket, or Board of Commissioners Meeting Records.

Since 1984 Commissioners Proceedings have been indexed on computer in the county clerk's recording office.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Commissioners Court Journal Index [Index to Commissioners Records], vol. 1, 1888-1910 (1 volume);
County Commissioners Court Journals [Champoeg County Court Journal], 1848 (.05 cu.ft.);
County Commissioners Court Journals [County Commissioners Docket], 1892-1894 (1 volume); 1896-1909 (1 volume);
County Commissioners Court Journals, vol. 1-9, 11-20, 1849-1917 (20 volumes);
County Court Documents [includes judicial and administrative records], 1853-1933 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Marion County Courthouse, County Clerk's Recording Office Vault:
Commissioners Court Petitions, Reports, Orders, Etc. [Proceedings-includes resolutions, county officials reports, road petitions, a small number of coroner's inquest records, and other records], 1897-1944 (14 cu.ft.);
Commissioners [Journal Index], vol. 1-6, 1851-1969 (6 volumes);
Commissioners Proceedings [includes minutes, orders, resolutions, proclamations, county officials reports, etc.], 1975-present (25 cu.ft.);
County Commissioners Court [Journal-title varies], vol. 21-91, 1917-1971 (70 volumes);
County Court Proceedings [includes minutes, orders, resolutions, county officials reports and other records], 1944-1984 (25 cu.ft.);
Index to County Commissioners Proceedings, 1969-1984 (2 volumes);
Minutes Board of Commissioners [title varies], 1985-1996 (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Marion County Courthouse, County Clerk's Recording Office:
Public Record [Commissioners Proceedings], 1976-1990 (42 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Marion County Courthouse, Circuit Court Vault:
Public Records [Commissioners Proceedings], 1976-1990 (42 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Marion County Public Works Office Building, Surveyor's Public Research Area:
Commissioners Court Journal Index [indexes road petitions, vacations, reports, surveys, and related documents], 1850-1984 (1 volume);
Commissioners Court Journals, vol. 1-53, 1859-ca.1950 (20 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Marion County Archives:
BOC Minutes [Board of Commissioners-accession no. 99.001.005], 1977-1985 (3 cu.ft.);
Commissioners Court Records [Administrative], no. 1-5658, 1863-1947 (8 cu.ft.);
Commissioners' Docket, 1895-1898 (1 volume);
Commissioners Proceedings [includes county officials reports, orders, resolutions, road petitions, old age pension fund claims, and other records], ca.1921-ca.1936 (1 cu.ft.);
County Commissioners' Court Docket, 1909-1936 (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1273 [County Court Journal-Champoeg County], 1846, 1848 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Marion County Web Site:
Board of Commissioners Minutes, 2000-present (Internet).

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