Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clackamas 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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Commissioners Journal [County Commissioners Administrative Journal-title varies], vol. 25-34, 1911-1939 (10 volumes);
County Commissioners Court Record, 1847-1848 (1 reel of microfilm);
County Commissioners Record, 1859-1864 (1 volume);
County Court Process Records [Administrative-includes road reports, county officials reports, correspondence, bills, etc.], 1861-1925 (21 cu.ft.);
Daybook County Court, 1850-1859 (1 volume).

Records at the Clackamas County Clerk's Recording Office Suite 110, Public Research Area:
Commissioners Board Orders [and Journals-title varies-volumes 4-34 with index], vol. 4-285, 1871-2001 (159 reels of microfilm);
[Commissioners Orders and Journals Alphabetical and Numerical Index], 1939-1978 (.75 inch of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Clackamas County Public Services Building, 4th Floor, Board of Commissioners Office, File Room:
[Board of Commissioners Open Meeting Records-includes meeting minutes, attachments, correspondence, and related records], 1959-2005 (7 feet of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Clackamas County Archives:
Commissioners County Court Minutes, vol. 4, 1890-1898 (1 volume);
[Commissioners Journal Index], ca.1911-1950 (1 volume);
Commissioners' Journal Index, vol. 1, 1950-1966 (1 volume);
Commissioners Journal, vol. 45, 1947-1948 (1 volume);
Commissioners Journal [with index], vol. 11-22, 1889-1905 (12 volumes); vol. 24, 1908-1911 (1 volume);
Comm. Journals [Commissioners Journal Administrative Records-includes orders], 1932-1934 (.50 cu.ft.);
County Commissioners Journal, 1847-1849 (1 volume);
County Court [Commissioners Journal Administrative Records-includes orders and road petitions], 1927-1929, 1941-1942 (1 cu.ft.);
County Court Journal County Business [with index], 1905-1908 (1 volume);
County Court [Journal-with index], vol. 10, 1886-1889 (1 volume);
County Court Record [Journal-title varies-with index], vol. 4-8, 1871-1885 (5 volumes);
Minutes County Commissioners, vol. 1, 1908-1911 (1 volume);
[Minutes of the Commissioners Court], 1912-1923 (1 volume);
Record [County Court Journal-with index], vol. 9, 1884-1887 (1 volume).

Records at the Clackamas County Archives, Security Microfilm Storage:
[Board Minutes-County Commissioners-primarily related to land use issues], 1959-1988 (9 reels of microfilm);
Board Orders [Commissioners-includes some journal information], 1859-2008 (180 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Clackamas County Web Site:
Business Meetings Archive [Board of Commissioners Meeting Records-includes agendas, videos, and packets with related documents], 2008-2012 (Internet);
Business Meetings [Board of Commissioners Meeting Records-includes agendas, videos, and packets with related documents], 2013 (Internet);
Land Use Meetings [includes Board of Commissioners agendas and videos], 2012-present (Internet).


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