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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Columbia County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1854-[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 Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Vault:
Commissioner Journal Pre. A [predates volume A], 1854-1858 (1 volume);
Commissioner Journal, vol. A, 1859-1875 (1 volume);
Commissioners' Journal, vol. E-R, 1900-1968 (14 volumes);
Daily Work [Commissioners Journals-filmed daily with other county and court records], ca.1967-ca.1988 (ca.190 reels of microfilm);
Index to Commissioners Records [title varies], vol. 1-6, 1859-2002 (6 volumes);
Journal of County Business, vol. B-D, 1875-1900 (3 volumes).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Clerk's Office:
BOC Index [Board of Commissioners], 1984-1993 (1 binder);
Commissioners Journal Alphabetical File Listing Index [includes references to orders, ordinances, and resolutions], 1994-present (2 binders);
Commissioners Journals [Filings and Related Records-includes subject related agreements, contracts, memoranda, and related documents], ca.1993-present (ca.20 cu.ft.);
Commissioners Journal, vol. C-E, 1885-1906 (3 reels of microfilm); vol. O-X, 1951-ca.1973 (8 reels of microfilm);
Commissioners Journal, vol. Y-39, 1974-1993 (24 inches of microfilm);
Minutes BOC [Board of Commissioners Minutes], 1958-present (9.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
BOC Jrl. Agmts. [Board of Commissioners Journal Agreements], 1991-1992 (1 cu.ft.);
Commissioners Journal Agreements, 1972-1985 (1 cu.ft.); 1986-1989 (1 cu.ft.);
County Commissioners Docket, vol. 1, 1893-1896 (1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Web Site:
BOC Agendas and Minutes [Board of Commissioners], 2008-present (Internet).

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