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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clackamas County Records Inventory

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1850-[ongoing]

Series documents surveys of county land by the county or licensed professional surveyors. Records include log books, field notes, and plats. An index may also be included. Information includes survey dates; who the survey was for; donation land claims; township, range, section, and survey numbers; a history of previous surveys made for the area; descriptions of land, vegetation, and soil; landmarks; metes and bounds of tracts surveyed; and surveyor's names. Plats also include corner restoration marks, scales, dates created and filed, and donation land claim owners.

Records at the Clackamas County Development Services Building, Surveyor's Office File Room 311:
Book [County Surveyor's Field Books-photocopies], vol. 1-4, ca.1902-1930 (4 binders);
County Surveyor's Field Books [includes road surveys], no. 0-411, 1955-1985 (411 volumes);
[County Surveyor's Record-includes corner survey information], vol. 3-5, ca.1854-ca.1926 (3 volumes);
[DLC Surveys-Donation Land Claim Descriptions], 1853-1858 (13 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Donation Land Claim Notes [typescript-with index], 1853-1858 (1 volume);
Drawer Envelope [DTM Survey Notes, Drawings, and Related Records-D.T. Meldrum-with index], no. 1-103, ca.1880-ca.1950 (6.50 cu.ft.);
D.T. Meldrum Field Books, 1910-1938 (62 volumes);
Final Record [Survey Notes], 1896-1909 (1 volume);
[General Land Office /Bureau of Land Management Plat Book], ca.1852-ca.1986 (1 volume);
GLO [General Land Office /Bureau of Land Management Plats], ca.1852-ca.1991 (ca.100 plats);
[Handwritten Twnshp Surveys-Public Surveys in Clackamas County-Township], vol. 1, 1851-1886 (1 volume);
H.H. Johnson Field Books, ca.1889-ca.1922 (48 volumes);
Index to File Drawers A Thru Z [indexes A to Z Letter Series maps, DTM plats, LP corner maps, and some surveys], ca.1853-ca.1985 (1 binder);
Kirchem Field Books, 1927-1941 (27 volumes);
Maps and Tracings by Sec. Twp. & Range [Survey Card Index], ca.1850-ca.1979 (.50 cu.ft.);
Metsker's Atlas of Clackamas County Oregon [modified to show survey locations], n.d. (1 volume);
Misc. Field Books [Miscellaneous Survey-includes Johnson, Hoffman, Meldrum, Kinnaird, and Hungate field books], ca.1891-1989 (47 volumes);
Misc. Field Books [Miscellaneous Surveyor-includes road surveys], no. 420-477, ca.1985-ca.2000 (ca.58 volumes);
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plats-formerly "A-Z Letter Series," now "SN series"-includes road, bridge, subdivision, corner restoration, survey, and miscellaneous maps and plats], ca.1853-ca.1990 (ca.2000 maps and plats);
Monuments Relative to Bonneville Surveys [Bonneville Power Administration], 1940-1966 (1 cu.ft.);
Not for Use [Handwritten Copy of D.L.C. Surveys-Donation Land Claim Survey Notes], 1853-1858 (1 volume);
[Private Survey Map Index-on assessor's plat base], 1945-ca.2008 (30 binders);
[Private Surveys-Plats-includes various sizes], no. 1-29903, 2003.001-2013.117, 1945-present (ca.110 cu.ft.);
PS [Private Surveys-Plats], no. 1-27321, 1945-1997 (26 feet of aperture cards); no. 1-27321, 1945-1997 (17 feet of microfilm jackets);
Public Surveys in Clackamas County [includes corner restoration information-with index], vol. 1-2, 1851-ca.1890 (2 volumes);
Record of Permanent Surveys, vol. 1-2, 1898-1902 (2 volumes);
Record of Surveys, vol. 1, 1886-1899 (1 volume);
Record of Surveys [with index], vol. 1A, 1885-1890 (1 volume);
[Survey Field Notes & Plats-with index], 1851-1886 (73 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Survey Index Books [Private Surveys Numerical Register], vol. 1-15, 1945-2009 (15 volumes);
U.S. Field Notes [County Surveyor's Record-includes corner restoration information-with index], vol. 6, 1893-1894 (1 volume).

Records at the Clackamas County Development Services Building, Surveyor's Office Suite 325, Public Research Area:
BLM Fiche [Bureau of Land Management-General Land Office Survey Maps and Notes], ca.1851-1997 (5 inches of microfiche);
[DTM Envelopes-D.T. Meldrum Envelopes-includes survey notes, drawings, and related records], no. 1-103, ca.1880-ca.1950 (1 inch of microfiche);
DTM Map Index [D.T. Meldrum Survey Plats Card Index-also indexes Crown Zellerbach land corner monumentation records as well as private surveys], ca.1890-ca.1987 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Field Book Card Index-indexes H.H. Johnson, DTM, Kirchem, county survey, and miscellaneous field books], ca.1889-ca.1977 (.40 cu.ft.);
Field Books [County Survey Field Books], no. 0-401, 1955-ca.1977 (3 inches of microfiche);
Field Books [Private-includes H.H. Johnson, D.T. Meldrum, Johnson, Hoffman, Kinnaird, Hungate, Stoehr, Kirchem], ca.1889-1989 (2 inches of microfiche);
Private Surveys [Plats], no. 1-27321, 1945-1997 (16 feet of microfiche);
[Survey Index Books-Private-no. 1-21343], vol. 1-10, 1945-1986 (40 sheets of microfiche).

Records at the Clackamas County Archives, Security Microfilm Storage:
Field Books [Survey], 1889-1988 (11 reels of microfilm);
Private Surveys [Filed], n.d. (119 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, Halon Room:
Timber Cruisings [Survey Records-includes maps], vol. 1-3, 1913 (3 volumes).

Records at the Clackamas County Web Site:
CCSIS [Clackamas County Surveyor Information System-GIS database-includes corner survey, Donation Land Claim, private survey plat, subdivision plat, partition plat and related information], n.d.-present (Internet).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Online Land Records [includes various federal land survey records related to Oregon such as survey plats and field notes, mineral surveys, and historical indices], ca.1850-present (Bureau of Land Management).

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