Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Clackamas County Records Inventory
Circuit Court Case Files
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 Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Case Files [excludes divorce case files-alphabetical], 1846-1930 (4 cu.ft.); 1890-1909 (.75 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Files [excludes divorce case files], no. 1992-17600, 1860-1921 (107 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Files [Miscellaneous], 1872-1938 (.30 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Index [Plaintiff], 1861-1916 (1 volume);
Circuit Court [Civil Case Files-excludes divorce case files], no. 31601-39799, 1939-1949 (41 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Plaintiff and Defendant Index, 1850-1949 (4 reels of microfilm); 1865-1919 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Trial Transcripts, 1915-1930 (.75 cu.ft.);
District Court File U.S. vs. Telakite et al., 1847-1850 (1 reel of microfilm);
Divorce [Circuit Court Case Files], 1939-1949 (32 cu.ft.);
Divorces [Circuit Court Case Files-alphabetical], 1852-1922 (18 cu.ft.);
U.S. District Court Case Files [Clackamas County vs. Telakite et al.], 1850 (.10 cu.ft.);
U.S. District Court Process Records [includes miscellaneous case file related records], 1849-1859 (1 cu.ft.);
Search for 1852-1920 and 1936-1950 Clackamas County divorce case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Clackamas County Courthouse, Circuit Court Records Center Room 12:
Circuit Court [Case Files-title varies], no. 39800-90325, 1949-1975 (424 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Criminal Case Files], no. 81.1-81.1245, 1981 (11 reels of microfilm); no. 81.13-83.941, 1981-1983 (20 inches of microfilm jackets);
Circuit Court [Records-Case Files], no. 78.170-83.38362, 1978-1983 (71 reels of microfilm);
Civil and Criminal [Circuit Court Case Files, no. 76.7.1-83.12.364, 1976-1983 (41 feet of microfilm jackets);
Crim Civil Domestic [Circuit Court Criminal, Civil, and Domestic Case Files], no. 10000-31600, 1910-1939 (242 reels of microfilm);
Indexes [Circuit Court Plaintiff Index], 1850-1982 (8 inches of microfilm jackets);
Indexes [Circuit Ct. Criminal Index-Court Case File], 1981-1984 (6 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Indexes [Circuit Ct. Defendant Index-Court Case File], 1850-1982 (8 inches of microfilm jackets);
Indexes [Combined Index-indexes circuit, district, and probate court case files], 1983-1986 (7 sheets of microfiche).
Records at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, Library:
Clackamas County Divorce Records [Index Abstracts], 1855-1910 (1 volume).