Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Umatilla County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records


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 Umatilla County Courthouse, Records Office Basement Storage Room 23:
Appeal [Walla Walla River-with index], 1905-1911 (2 volumes);
[A Report on the Pendleton Project Umatilla River Investigations], 1935 (1 volume);
Briefs [Walla Walla River-with index], vol. 21, 1928-1932 (1 volume);
Contests Numbers 1-215, 235-242 [Umatilla River], vol. 6-25, 28-29, 1910-1911, 1911-1915 (12 volumes);
[District Water Rights Index and Irrigation Use Survey-with index], 1932 (2 volumes);
Docket of Umatilla Contests [with index], 1910-1914 (1 volume);
Excerpts of Minutes of State Water Board and Orders of the State Engineer [Umatilla River], 1954 (1 volume);
Exhibits [Umatilla River], vol. 36-37, 41, 1899-1915 (3 volumes);
Exhibits [Walla Walla River-with index], vol. 17, 1896-1930 (1 volume);
Final Decree [Umatilla River], 1910-1916 (3 volumes);
Finding of Facts and Conclusion of Law, 1909-1910 (1 volume);
Index [Umatilla River-also contains Umatilla River Water Right Determination Brief], vol. 39, n.d. (1 volume);
In Re West Prong of Little Walla Walla River, 1915 (1 volume);
John Day and Hudson's Bay [Water Rights Records], ca.1909-ca.1975 (.40 cu.ft.);
Little Walla Walla Irrigation Company [Statistics], 1911 (1 volume);
Original Evidence and Record of Proceedings, 1910 (1 volume);
Pleadings [Walla Walla River-with index], 1905-1911 (2 volumes);
Post Office Registry, Extensions of Time, Proofs of Appropriation [Umatilla River], vol. 1, 1900-1916 (1 volume);
Record of Water Rights [Maps], 1948 (1 volume);
Record Paradise Irrigation District, 1912-1917 (1 volume);
Report Walla Walla River Adjudication, vol. 3, 1928 (1 volume);
Statement of Contest [Walla Walla River-with index], vol. 11, 1928-1930 (1 volume);
Statements and Proofs [Umatilla River], vol. 2-5, 1895-1915 (4 volumes);
Statements and Proofs [Walla Walla River-general index to all claims in first volume], no. 1-925, 1927-1932 (6 volumes);
Stipulations [Walla Walla River-with index], vol. 16, 1928-1932 (1 volume);
Supplemental Findings of State Engineer [Umatilla River], 1953 (1 volume);
Teel [Irrigation District Records-includes maps and related records], ca.1913 (.75 cu.ft.);
[Teel Irrigation District Records-includes maps and related records], ca.1913-ca.1920 (.75 cu.ft.);
Testimony [Umatilla River-Book A-F], vol. 30-35, 1912-1917 (6 volumes);
Transcript of Testimony [Walla Walla River], vol. 12-15, 1923-1932 (4 volumes);
Transcripts of Testimony [Walla Walla River-with index], 1908-1950 (8 volumes);
[Umatilla River Adjudication and Decrees for Water Division 2], 1914 (1 volume);
[Umatilla River Exhibits/Maps and Plats], n.d. (1 volume);
[Walla Walla River Adjudication and Decrees for Water Division 2], ca.1920-1934 (3 volumes);
Walla Walla River Decree [with index], 1932 (1 volume);
Water Measurements Walla Walla River Survey, 1906 (1 volume).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Records Office Research Room 106:
[Certificate of Water Rights], 1979-ca.1980 (1 reel of microfilm);
Deed Record U.R.W.U.A. [Umatilla River Water Users' Association-includes water rights information], vol. 70, 1910-1920 (1 volume); vol. 72, 1910-1911 (1 volume);
Record of Mining and Water Claims, vol. A, 1866-1896 (1 volume);
Record of Mining Claims and Water Rights, vol. 2, 1892-1934 (1 volume);
Water Control District Record, vol. 1, 1951-1968 (1 volume);
[Water Rights-Certificates], vol. 1, 1911-1926 (1 reel of microfilm);
Water Rights [title varies-with index], vol. 1-6, 1911-1983 (6 volumes);
Water Rights Index to Microfilm Records, 1978-1979 (1 volume).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Records Office Plat Room 106:
Misc. Maps [Miscellaneous-includes irrigation, railroad right of way, water rights, highway, and courthouse-in flat file drawer], ca.1880-1968 (ca.1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Umatilla County Surveyor's Office Vault, Records Office Security Microfilm Cabinet:
[Record of Mining and Water Claims], vol. A, 1866-1896 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Water Rights Adjudication Records], reel no. 311-335, 343-351, ca.1895-ca.1935 (35 reels of microfilm);
Water Rights [Record-with index], vol. 1-4, 1911-1954 (3 reels of microfilm).


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