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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Benton County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1850-[ongoing]

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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Court Journal, County Business, vol. 1-5, 1867-1897 (5 volumes);
Journal of County Court, vol. C, 1859-1867 (1 volume).

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Recorder's Vault:
Board of County Commissioners [Journals], 1996-2009 (31 reels of microfilm);
County Court Journals, vol. A-D, 2-77, 1850-1989 (5 inches of microfiche); no. J00001-J16024, 1989-1994 (2 inches of microfiche); no. J16025-J21671, 1994-1995 (3 reels of microfilm);
County Court Journal, vol. 26-28, 1965-1972 (3 volumes).

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Clerk's Archive Vault:
BOC Minutes [Board of Commissioners], 1964-1985 (1.50 inches of microfilm jackets);
Co. Court Co. Business [County Court County Business Journal], vol. 4, 1886-1892 (1 volume);
County Court Journals, vol. A-D, 2-77, 1850-1989 (9 inches of microfilm jackets); no. J00001-J16024, 1989-1994 (2.50 inches of microfilm jackets);
Proceedings of the County Court [title varies], 1968-1978 (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Benton County Board of Commissioners Office:
BOC Meeting Packets [Board of Commissioners-includes minutes, orders, ordinances, and resolutions-title varies], 2012-present (1.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Avery Land Services Building, Self Help Area:
[BOC Minutes-Board of Commissioners], 1981 (.25 cu.ft.);
Court Journals [County Administrative], vol. A-B, 1850-1859 (7 sheets of microfiche); vol. 6-77, 1867-1989 (5 inches of microfiche); no. J00001-J11386, 1989-ca.1993 (1 inch of microfiche).

Records at the Benton County Records Center:
B.C. Meeting Packets [Board of Commissioners-includes minutes, orders, ordinances, and resolutions-title varies], 1994-2011 (ca.40 cu.ft.);
County Court Journal, County Business [title varies-with index], vol. 6-25, 1897-1965 (20 volumes).

Records at the Benton County Historical Museum:
[County Court Journals-Benton County Transfer 2006 Records], vol. C-D, 1859-ca.1878 (.50 cu.ft.); vol. 3-5, ca.1878-1897 (.50 inch of microfiche).

Records at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Second Floor, Local Documents Area:
Benton County Public Meeting Minutes [Benton County Board of Commissioners], vol. 2, 2011-present (1 binder).

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