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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Curry County Records Inventory - Scrollable Version

The following information is based on a September 2011 inventory:


Addresses and links to offices and repositories listed in the inventory:
Main Curry County Web site: http://www.co.curry.or.us/

Archives: Courthouse Annex. No public access. Contact the appropriate office (e.g., clerk, assessor, etc.);
Assessor/Tax Collector Office: Courthouse, 29821 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Assessor/Tax Collector Storage Room: Courthouse. No public access. Contact the assessor/tax collector;
Building Division Office: Courthouse Annex, 94235 Moore St, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Central Curry School District 1 Office: 29516 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Clerk's Office and Vault: Courthouse, 29821 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Commission on Children and Families Office: South Coast Education Service District Branch Office Building: 29805 Mary St, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend): No public access. Contact the trial court;
County Storage Room, Surveyor's Area: Courthouse Annex. No public access. Contact the surveyor;
Curry County Courthouse: 29821 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Curry County Courthouse Annex: 94235 Moore St, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Curry County Fair Office: 29392 Ellensburg, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Curry Historical Museum: 29419 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Gold Beach High School Office Vault: 29516 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Human Services Administration Office: 29821 Colvin St, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Oregon Historical Society: 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland 97205;
Oregon State Archives: 800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310;
Planning Division Office: Courthouse Annex, 94235 Moore St, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Public Health Department Office: Courthouse Annex, 94235 Moore St, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Road Department Office: 28425 Hunter Creek Rd, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Surveyor's Office and storage rooms: Courthouse Annex, 94235 Moore St, Gold Beach, OR 97444;
Trial Court basement storage rooms: Courthouse. No public access. Contact the trial court
Trial Court Civil-Domestic-Probate Office: Courthouse, 29821 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444.



Note: Titles listed in this inventory are exactly as they appear on the outside of a volume, box, drawer, or other container. If the title is only in brackets [ ], the record has no external identifying information. Text inside the brackets includes either exact title information from the inside of the volume, box, etc. or a functional title.

 

Aerial Photographs

1940-2005

Series provides visual documentation of changes made to county lands through development and by natural and man-made disasters. The photographs are taken at intervals along a series of flight paths to attain coverage of all or part of a county. They generally include flight path or township, range, and section numbers; show natural and man-made features; and are produced in black and white or color prints to varying scales. An index by quadrant may also be included.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Building Division Office:
Aerial Photos [color], 2005 (ca.150 photographs);
Aerials [Photographs], 1955 (ca.100 photographs); 1970 (ca.750 photographs);
Aerials [Photographs-with flight-line index], 1976 (ca.1200 photographs); 1986 (ca.400 photographs); 1992 (ca.600 photographs); 1997 (ca.800 photographs).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Planning Division Office:
Aerial Photos [title varies], 1978 (30 photographs); 1979 (ca.400 photographs); 1986 (ca.176 photographs); 1992 (ca.600 photographs); 1997 (ca.800 photographs).

Records at the Curry County Road Department Office:
[Aerial Photographs], 1954 (ca.200 photographs); 1955 (ca.200 photographs); 1965 (ca.300 photographs); 1969 (ca.150 photographs); 1970 (ca.500 photographs; 1973 (ca.2500 photographs); 1976 (ca.2000 photographs); 1979 (ca.2000 photographs); 1982 (ca.500 photographs); 1986 (ca.500 photographs); 1992 (ca.2000 photographs); 1997 (2000 photographs);
[Aerial Photographs-only covers south Curry County], 1940 (ca.600 photographs);
Aerial Photos [with flight-line index], 1954 (ca.200 photographs); 1955 (ca.700 photographs).

Records at the Curry Historical Museum, Second Floor Records Storage Room:
[Aerial Photographs], 1940 (ca.100 photographs).

 

Animal Bounty Records

1886-1980

Series documents the payment of county and state bounty money to individuals who presented the scalps and other prescribed body parts of targeted predatory animals. The program was intended to control the threat to livestock. Examples of targeted animals include coyote, cougar, mountain lion, panther, wildcat, bobcat, lynx, and wolf. Records include registers, affidavits, certificates, and statements. Information includes claimant and affiant names; kind of animal; number of scalps; date killed or presented; and number, amount, and date of warrant. The records are also referred to as scalp bounty records.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Miscellaneous [Animal Bounty Records-includes application for wild animal bounty, scalp affidavit, and affidavit for bounty], 1886-1928 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Animal Bounty Reports, 1966-1980 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Archives:
Bounty [Animal Scalp Bounty Applications and Warrants], ca.1910-ca.1930 (.35 cu.ft.).

 

Assessment and Tax Rolls

1857-[ongoing]

Series documents the assessment of real and personal property, the determination of tax liability, and the collection of county taxes. Assessment, tax, and delinquent tax records are variously labeled as rolls, lists, or summaries. Records show property owner; description and value of urban and agricultural land, personal property, and livestock; assessments, equalizations, and taxes due; and notations on payment and delinquency in payment of taxes. Beginning with 1900, counties have only been required to retain permanently those assessment and tax rolls for years ending in "0" and "5."

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Territorial Assessment Rolls [Curry County-Drawer 37], 1857-1859 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Assessor/Tax Collector Storage Room:
Index to Assessment Rolls, 1927-1958 (32 volumes);
Tax Roll Cards, 1975-1987 (47 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Old Miss. Deeds Etc. [Sheriff's Return of Delinquent Taxes], 1893 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Information Technology Office, Safe:
[Tax Roll-includes assessment information], 1987-2006 (17 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Archives:
Assessment and Tax Roll, 1908, 1910-1960 (179 volumes);
Assessment and Tax Roll O.C. Revested Grant Lands [Oregon and California Railroad], 1926-1937 (12 volumes);
Assessment Roll, 1873-1878, 1880-1907, 1912 (53 volumes);
Assessment Roll [and Tax], 1880-1881 (2 volumes);
Assessment Roll [serves as Delinquent Tax Roll], 1897, 1899 (2 volumes);
Delinquent Tax List, 1917-1918 (2 volumes);
Delinquent Tax Roll, 1896, 1900 (2 volumes);
Index to Assessment Roll, 1918-1926 (9 volumes);
[Tax Roll Index], 1915, 1958 (2 volumes);
Tax Roll [title varies], 1960-1975 (39 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry Historical Museum, Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Assessment Roll [many pages cut out-includes no names], 1875 (1 volume);
Assessment Roll, vol. 2, 1905 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1907 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Web Site:
Tax Roll Summary [PDF], 2001-present (Internet).

 

Assumed Business Names Registers

1913-1964

Series documents the registration of business names with the county clerk or recorder. Information includes assumed business name; description of business; filing date; and business owner, notary public, witness, clerk or recorder, and deputy's name. Series may also include an index arranged alphabetically by business name. Businesses which were registered were typically automotive sales, motorcycle repair, merchandise shops, butchers, and feed stores. Since 1964 assumed business names have been filed with the Secretary of State. Assumed business names have been inventoried through 1964. For more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Business Registry Section.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Assumed Business Names [title varies-with index], vol. 1-6, 1913-1964 (6 volumes).

 

Attachment Records

1878-1935

Series documents liens placed on real property by the county to satisfy debts. Attachments are ordered by the circuit court and authorize the sheriff to seize or transfer property to satisfy debts such as loans, mortgages, or tax liens. The sheriff will hold the property in trust until the debt is paid or the property is sold. Information includes defendant name, statement of attachment, property description, statement of return when attachment is satisfied, return of execution, dates attachment is issued and returned, court order, and sheriff's signature. Attachment records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Record of Certificates of Attachments of Real Property, vol. 1, 1878-1935 (1 volume).

 

Census Records

1860-1870

Series documents the population, property, and agricultural production of the county. Records may include census rolls and abstracts, farm schedules, abstract of assessment and census, enumeration of inhabitants and industrial products, and enumeration of inhabitants and military enrollment. Information includes number of males and females per age category; head of household; name, age, and gender of household members; occupation and relationship of household members to head of household; and description and value of real and personal property. Information may also include nationality, physical description, birthplace, health, and religion of household members and agricultural production statistics.

Records at Related Web Sites:
Census Index [Curry County], 1860 (US GenWeb Project);
Census Index [Curry County-A to B only], 1870 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Circuit Court Case Files

1863-1989

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, no. A1-A433, 1-1499, ca.1863-1939 (18 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Indexes [to case files-included in Naturalization Declaration of Intention, vol. 1], vol. 2, 1901-1928 (1 volume);
Divorces [Circuit Court Case Files], 1866-1938 (3 cu.ft.);
Search for 1866-1929 Curry County divorce case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Civil-Domestic-Probate Office:
[Circuit Court Case Files-Civil], 1977-1983 (13 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Case Files-Domestic], 1977-1983 (10 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Cases [Files-Felony], 1961-1983 (9 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes civil, probate, guardianship, and name change actions], 1965-1978 (6 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Cases [Files], no. 1500-7669, 1939-1977 (178 reels of microfilm);
Index to Circuit Court Cases Filed [Civil and Domestic Relations], 1903-1989 (2 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Supplies Storage Room:
Index to Circuit Court Criminal Cases, ca.1903-1988 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Curry CV [Civil Circuit Court Case Files], 1977-1984 (13 reels of microfilm);
Curry DM [Domestic Circuit Court Case Files], 1977-1984 (14 reels of microfilm);
Curry [Felony Circuit Court Case Files], 1961-1984 (9 reels of microfilm);
Index to Circuit Court Cases Filed, n.d. (1 volume).

 

Circuit Court Dockets

1856-1987

Series records brief entries about the proceedings of court cases. Information includes date; plaintiff and defendant names; cause of action such as larceny, assault, divorce, or receivership; attorney names; and final disposition of the case. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the state 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 Bar Docket, 1880-1895 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Docket [includes U.S. District Court], vol. 1-2, 1856-1894 (2 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Bar Docket [Circuit Court], 1903-1916 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Circuit Court [Civil Register], vol. 1-11, 1956-1987 (11 volumes);
Civil [Register of the Circuit Court], 1977-1980 (1 volume);
Register of Actions [with index], vol. 1, 1910-1920 (1 volume).

 

Circuit Court Journals

1858-1966

Series records chronological narratives of the proceedings of the court including actions taken such as decrees, judgments, arrangements, sentences, dismissals, and grand jury reports. Information includes plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; term of court; character and date of case; case number; and date of issue. The term "judgment" refers to judicial decisions regarding the verdict, decision, or judgment rendered by the court and is distinct from those judgments relating to the recovery of court costs and awards (see Judgment and Execution Dockets). 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 Indexes [to Circuit Court Journal], vol. 1, 1894-1914 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Journal, 1894-1914 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. N-O, 1957-1963 (2 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Archives:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. H-M, 1914-1957 (6 volumes); vol. P-Q, 1963-1966 (2 volumes).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Record Circuit Court Journal, ca.1858-1893 (1 volume).

 

Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings

1856-1966

Series documents the recording of a variety of legal documents filed in the clerk's or recorder's office. These documents were not required to be filed with the clerk and often included filings such as birth and marriage certificates of individuals who were born or married outside of the county but wanted the document to be filed in their county of residence. Other documents include wills, obligation bonds, quit claims, deeds, conveyances, mortgage satisfactions, agreements, charters, partnership dissolutions, contracts, powers of attorney, liens, leases, marriage licenses, military discharges, ministerial certificates, medical personnel licenses, birth and death certificates, and affidavits of publication. Information includes dates filed, name of individual filing, type of action, and volume and page number where recorded. Series may also include alphabetical indexes of individuals filing a recording. Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Miscellaneous Record [with index], vol. 1-8, 1856-1966 (8 volumes).

 

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings

1966-[ongoing]

Series documents the filing of transactions, authorized by statute, with the clerk or recorder of the county for the purpose of making the transaction a matter of public record. Information includes dates filed, type and description of transactions, filing numbers, names of parties involved, amounts charged or assessed, and clerk or recorder's signatures. Series may also include alphabetical indexes that contain volume and page numbers where recorded and names of individual filing transactions. Transactions include records that were previously maintained separately, such as mortgages; deeds; military service records; federal, mechanic's, and road improvement liens; mining claims; satisfactions; judgment assignments; notarial commissions; medical and ministerial licenses; oaths; and affidavits of publication. This series is commonly referred to as the Book of Records.

Beginning in 1966 deeds, mortgages, mining claims, water rights, and military discharges were recorded in the clerk's Book of Records. See applicable records (e.g., deeds, mortgages) for indexes prior to 1992. Electronic copies of this record from 1992 to the present are searchable on a computer accessible in the clerk's office.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Book of Records [with index], 1966-1992 (161 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
[Book of Records], 1966-2010 (ca.472 reels of microfilm);
[Grantor/Grantee Index-Book of Records], 1992-2004 (17 reels of microfilm).

 

Corner Survey Records

1857-[ongoing]

Series documents the establishment and/or restoration of survey corners or monuments by the county surveyor or registered land surveyors. Records include maps, field survey restoration notes, historical notes, and indexes. Information includes description of corners; existing markers; descriptions of new markers and any changes made to the locations; property owners; township, range, and section numbers; donation land claim information; date the new markers were set; and surveyor's signatures.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office:
Corner Record Search Report, ca.2000-present (.15 cu.ft.);
County Surveyor's Record of Bearing Trees of U.S. Surveys, 1890-1926 (1 volume);
[Restored Corner Survey Index-by township], ca.1950-ca.1981 (1 binder);
Section Cor. Cards [Corner-Survey], ca.1912-ca.1998 (.50 cu.ft.);
Section Corner Cards [Corner Record Sheets], ca.1895-present (5 binders);
Surveyor Field Notes [includes restored corners-copies], ca.1857-ca.1986 (17 volumes);
Surveyor's Record of Bearing Trees [with index], 1905-19245 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Research Room:
Index to Field Notes Government Surveys and Restored Corners, n.d. (1 volume);
Metsker's Atlas of Curry County Oregon [Survey and Corner Restoration Index-modified], ca.1919-n.d. (1 volume);
Section Corner Cards [Corner Record Sheets], ca.1895-present (5 binders);
Surveyor Field Notes [includes restored corners-copies], ca.1857-ca.1986 (17 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Adjacent Storage Room, Gray Plat Cabinet:
Metsker's Atlas of Curry County Oregon [Corner Survey Visual Index-modified], ca.1955-ca.1990 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Adjacent Storage Room, Green Plat Cabinet:
Surveyor Field Notes [includes restored corners-originals], ca.1857-ca.1986 (17 volumes).

 

County Budgets

1922-[ongoing]

Series documents the annual allotment of funds for county government operations as agreed to by the board of commissioners. Information includes total amount of funds budgeted for each office. Later budgets may include organizational charts and a narrative of each county office function.

County budgets also may be filed in the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Curry County Budget [title varies], 1979-present (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Budgets [County], 1922-1947 (1 cu.ft.);
[County Budget], 1955-1959 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Budget [County], 1993-present (17 binders).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Archives:
Budgets [County], 1937-1948 (.65 cu.ft.).

 

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1856-[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 Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
[Commissioners Journal], 1998-2009 (18 reels of microfilm);
Commissioners Journal [Register-includes references to orders and resolutions], 1998-2003 (1 binder);
Commissioners Journal [with index], vol. 1-12, 1856-1966 (15 volumes);
County Court Records [County Commissioners Register-includes references to orders and resolutions], 1966-1990 (1 volume);
Curry County Commissioners Journal [Register-includes references to orders and resolutions], 1991-1995 (1 binder).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
CC Minutes [County Court-Commissioners], 1959-1966 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Court Book of Records-Commissioners' Journal], vol. 1-120, 1966-1997 (120 reels of microfilm).

 

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1883-[ongoing]

Series documents orders, ordinances, and resolutions passed by the board of county commissioners and the county court regulating and establishing guidelines for specific activities within the county. Information includes activity covered by order, ordinance, or resolution; administrative action number; who introduced; findings of fact; conclusions; recommendations; date heard; and hearings officer name and signature. Activities include noise abatement, nuisances, zoning, animal control, solid waste management, land division regulations, elections, comprehensive plan, and road and bridge use limits.

Orders, ordinances, and resolutions are also included in the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journal).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Commissioners Journal [Register-includes references to orders and resolutions], 1998-2003 (1 binder);
County Court Records [County Commissioners Register-includes references to orders and resolutions], 1966-1990 (1 volume);
Curry County Code, 1996-present (1 binder);
Curry County Commissioners Journal [Register-includes references to orders and resolutions], 1991-1995 (1 binder);
Interim Zoning Ordinances, 1971 (1 volume);
Old Road Records [includes petitions, reports, estimates, contracts, orders, field notes, road survey maps, and related records], ca.1883-ca.1956 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Curry County Ordinances, 1998-2003 (1 binder); 2004-2009 (1 binder);
Road Orders [Commissioners], 1962-1966 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Planning Division Office:
BOC Ordinances Relating to Land Use Planning [Board of Commissioners-includes comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance information], 1972-n.d. (1 binder);
Comprehensive Plan Legislative Changes [Amendment Records-includes ordinances], 1990-present (4 cu.ft.);
Curry County Subdivision/Land Division Ordinance History [Records], 1974-present (1 binder);
Curry County Zoning Ordinance, 1994 (1 volume);
Historical Zoning Ordinances, 1972-present (1 binder);
Land Use Action Index Cards [indexes comprehensive plan, zone change, subdivision, and partition actions], ca.1972-present (1 cu.ft.);
Subdivision Ordinance, 1974 (1 volume);
Zoning Ordinance History [Records], 1972-present (1 binder);
Zoning Regulations, 1972 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Web Site:
Curry County Zoning Ordinance, 1994 (Internet);
Curry County Zoning Ordinance Text Amendments [Destination Resort Development-PDF], 2010 (Internet).

 

County Comprehensive Plans

1972-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and revision of a plan for the use of lands within the county. Series includes plans for transportation, energy, housing, population and economics, public facilities and services, urbanization, natural resources, greenways, recreation, agricultural and forest lands, land capability, resource quality, floodplains, landmarks, historic property, rural community center designation, and natural areas. Each plan includes background information about the subject; supporting documentation such as maps, charts, and diagrams; and a narrative description of each aspect of the plan and how it is to be implemented. Series may also include an overall "comprehensive plan" which contains both historical and current looks at county land practices and defines goals and policies adhered to during the creation and implementation of the plan.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Comprehensive Plan Committed Lands Document, 1981 (1 binder);
Comprehensive Plan Exceptions Statements Document, 1981 (2 binders);
Comprehensive Plan Parcelization Maps, 1981 (1 volume);
Curry County Comprehensive Plan, 1981 (1 binder);
Curry County Comprehensive Plan [Amendments-includes urban growth boundary and periodic review subjects], 1998-2005 (5 binders);
Curry County Comprehensive Plan Inventory Maps, 1981 (21 maps);
Curry County Comprehensive Plan Zoning Maps, 1981 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Planning Division Office:
BOC Ordinances Relating to Land Use Planning [Board of Commissioners-includes comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance information], 1972-n.d. (1 binder);
Comp. Plan/Zone Change [Case Files-Comprehensive Plan], 1976-present (10 cu.ft.);
Comprehensive Plan Committed Lands Document, 1981 (1 binder);
Comprehensive Plan Development [Records], 1979-1989 (2.50 cu.ft.);
[Comprehensive Plan Exceptions Document], 1983-present (.25 cu.ft.);
Comprehensive Plan Legislative Changes [Amendment Records-includes ordinances], 1990-present (4 cu.ft.);
Curry County Comprehensive Plan, 1979 (1 volume); 1981 (1 volume); 1983 (1 volume); 2009 (2 binders);
Curry County Comprehensive Plan Parcelization Maps, 1981 (1 volume);
Curry County Comprehensive Plan Zoning Maps, 1981 (1 volume);
[Curry County Natural Resources Inventory Document Current Original Copy], 1983-present (.10 cu.ft.);
Land Use Action Index Cards [indexes comprehensive plan, zone change, subdivision, and partition actions], ca.1972-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Web Site:
Curry County Comprehensive Plan Natural Resources Inventory [PDF], 1983 (Internet);
Curry County Comprehensive Plan [PDF], 2009 (Internet);
Curry County Comprehensive Plan Text Amendments [Destination Resort Development-PDF], 2010 (Internet);
Public Interactive GIS Map System [Curry County-includes map layer information related to roads, urban growth boundaries, tax assessment, public land, taxing districts, recreation, hydrology, cities, hazards, and other topics], n.d.-present (Internet);
Quick Pick Interactive Map GIS System [Curry County-includes parcel focused map layer information related to roads, urban growth boundaries, tax assessment, public land, taxing districts, recreation, hydrology, cities, hazards, and other topics], n.d.-present (Internet);
Zoning and Urban Growth Boundary Maps, n.d.-present (Internet).

 

County Court Case Files

1862-1925

Series documents the actions of the county court in civil and some criminal cases. Records include complaints, judgments, decrees, summonses, warrants, affidavits, writs, and an index. County court cases include spousal support, employment compensation, satisfaction of judgments, and divorce. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; case type; and filing dates of actions and decrees.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Old Court Records [County Court Judgment Rolls-Case Files], 1862-1925 (.35 cu.ft.).

 

County Court Judicial Journals

1859-1920

Series records the proceedings of the county court for civil and some criminal cases. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; trial date; memorandum of subsequent proceedings; and fees charged. Cases include citizenship petitions, legal changes to name, commitments, and writs of habeas corpus. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Court Criminal Docket, 1861-1867 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
County Court Laws [Judicial Journal-includes insane commitments], vol. 1, 1859-1894 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Supplies Storage Room:
Journal Civil County Court [includes some probate, naturalization, and insane commitment actions], vol. 2, 1895-1920 (1 volume).

 

County Fair Records

1947-[ongoing]

Series documents the preparation and organization of the county fair by the county fair board (including any predecessor group) and other county officials. Records include fair board minutes, reports, and annual premium lists and publications. Minutes and reports include information pertaining to county fair employment, budgets, sponsorship, capital improvements to fairgrounds, and event scheduling throughout the year. Annual premium lists and/or publications may include county fair history, names of fair officers, general fair rules and regulations, event schedules, exhibit lists, and photographs.

Records at the Curry County Fairgrounds, Fair Office:
Board Minutes [Fair], 1993-1995 (1 binder);
[Curry County Fair Premium Lists and Exhibitor Handbooks-title varies], 1947-1951 (5 volumes); 1954-1981 (28 volumes); 1989-present (23 volumes);
[Fair Board Minutes], 1986-1989 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Fair Board Minutes-box 16], 1975-1978 (.10 cu.ft.); 1981-1982 (.05 cu.ft.);
Fair Board Minutes [title varies], 1984-1986 (.05 cu.ft.); 1996-present (12 binders);
Minutes [Fair Board], 1992-1993 (1 binder).

 

County Officials Reports

1885-1983

Series reports the activities of county officials to the county court or board of county commissioners. Series may include reports by the treasurer, surveyor, clerk, roadmaster, assessor, sheriff, school superintendent, and county nurse or doctor. Reports summarize the activities of county officials and their staff as they perform their official duties.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Treasurer's Reports, 1979-1983 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Archives:
Clerk's Report, 1933-1938 (.10 cu.ft.);
Report of the Treasurer [Monthly], 1926-1940 (.25 cu.ft.);
Sheriff's Report, 1887, 1939-1955 (.10 cu.ft.);
Treasurer and Clerk Reports [includes sheriff's reports-with gaps], ca.1885-ca.1931 (.25 cu.ft.);
Treasurer's Report, 1938-1960 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Archives Entry Area Shelf:
Treasurer's Reports [includes clerk's reports], ca.1914-ca.1932 (.50 cu.ft.).

 

Deeds and Indexes

1856-1992

Series documents the ownership of land. Series includes deeds, land sales contracts, quit claim deeds, homestead exemption claims, corporate certificates, agreements, correction deeds, special assessments of unzoned farmland, easements, and indirect and direct deed indexes. Information includes grantor and grantee name; recording and filing dates; property descriptions; title warranties; consideration amounts; witness and recorder names; and volume and page numbers of where recorded.

Since 1966 deeds have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). A separate deed index was maintained until 1992.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Deed Index [title varies], vol. 1-4, 6-8, 1856-1900 (8 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Old Miss. Deeds, Etc. [Miscellaneous-includes warranty, quitclaim, tax, and bargain deeds], 1882-1939 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Deed Record Index [title varies], vol. A-D, 1856-1962 (4 volumes);
Deed Record, vol. 1-48A, 48B-82, 1856-1966 (83 volumes);
Deed Volumes [Deed Record Index-title varies], 1856-1982 (6 reels of microfilm);
Deed Volumes [includes separate index volumes], vol. 1-82, 1856-1966 (28 reels of microfilm);
Index to Deeds Direct, 1963-1992 (6 volumes);
Index to Deeds Indirect, 1963-1992 (6 volumes).

 

Delayed Birth Records

1885-1954

Series documents birth records generated by a court in response to a petition. Records may include petitions, decrees or orders, affidavits of correction, registers, and certificates. If the information provided with the petition met the requirements of the court, a decree was issued that served as a legal birth document. Most petitions were filed decades after the actual birth. They were filed in the county of residence at the time of petition, not necessarily in the county of birth. Dates listed in brackets document the range of actual birth dates. Date ranges for court actions such as petitions and decrees are also included. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Birth Delayed [Petitions and Decrees-includes births from ca.1885-1915], 1951-1954 (.20 cu.ft.).

 

Election Poll Books

1900-1914

Series documents the registration of voters and the compilation of election results. Records may include the election poll books and/or the election voter register. Information includes elector's name and party affiliation, and in some cases, physical description, occupation, naturalization information, and names of parents and spouse. Election poll books and voter registration records have been inventoried through 1930. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Election Registration [Blank A-Record], 1908 (1 volume);
Oregon Registrations [Election Voter Record], 1900 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
File Book No. 1 Registration Blanks "A" [Election Register], 1910 (1 volume);
General Register [Election], 1910 (1 volume); 1912 (1 volume);
Official Register of Electors, 1900 (1 volume); 1902 (1 volume); 1906 (1 volume); 1908 (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1257 [Poll Book-Brookings Precinct], 1914 (1 volume).

 

Election Voting Abstracts

1892-1965

Series documents the tabulation and reporting of election results for the county. Records include voting abstracts and the record of election. Information includes election date; precinct name and number; office; precinct and total votes; victory margin; winning candidate; county clerk, board of canvasser, and justice of the peace signatures; ballot number; summation of votes; and election board's decision. Election voting abstracts have been inventoried through 1960. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Abstract of Votes, 1892-1908 (1 volume);
Record of Elections, vol. 1-3, 1908-1965 (3 volumes).

 

Farm Name Registration Records

1924-1929

Series documents the application for and registration of farm names with the county clerk or recorder. Records may include registers, original applications, or certificates. Information includes owner's name and address; farm name, location, and description; and date and number of application and final application. Series may also include an index arranged either alphabetically by name of owner or by farm name. Farm name records have been inventoried through 1964.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Registration of Farm Names [contained with Register of Electors-includes only one page], 1924-1929 (1 volume).

 

Federal Land Grant Records

1864-1957

Series records ownership of county lands obtained from the federal government. Series includes records of land grants administered under a variety of federal programs such as donation land claims and homesteads. Donation land claims are the most common type of federal land grant in Oregon that is documented in this inventory project. Donation land claims resulted from an act of the 1850 Congress under which citizens of the United States, or those who filed a declaration of intention prior to December 1, 1850 and had resided upon or cultivated the land for four consecutive years, were granted a specified amount of acreage in the Oregon Territory. Donation land claims were unique in that acreage granted to married couples was divided evenly. Half of the acreage was placed in the husband's name while the other half was placed in the wife's name. Records include plats, indexes, and survey notes. Information includes township, range, and section numbers, names of donation land claim holders and claim numbers, claim dates, acreage, and descriptions of surveys.

Under the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers were given 160 acres of land in the public domain if they built a home on the land, resided there for five years, and cultivated the land. A complete homestead entry file includes such documents as the homestead application, homestead proof, and final certificate authorizing the claimant to obtain a land patent.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Old Miss. Deeds, Etc. [Miscellaneous-includes land patents, sale for public lands, and homesteads], 1882-1915 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office:
Gov't Survey Plats Homestead Entries [Government], 1914-1920 (1 volume);
Section Corner Information [Donation Land Claims], n.d. (23 sheets of microfiche).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Search Land Patents [includes patent and legal land descriptions and some document images], ca.1864-ca.1957 (BLM GLO Web site).

 

Foreclosure Records

1891-1917

Series documents the activities of the sheriff and other county officials relating to the foreclosure of property in order to satisfy creditors in cases involving delinquent taxes, mortgage payments, or court judgments. Records include correspondence, sheriff's deeds and foreclosure sale records, circuit court case transcripts of foreclosure hearings, writs of execution, certificates of sale of real property, judgment orders, receipts, tax redemption records, delinquent tax sales, and tax sale certificates. Foreclosure records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Archives:
Certificates of Delinquency, 1913-1917 (5 volumes);
Record Delinquent Tax Sales Clerk, vol. 1, 1891-1908 (1 volume);
Register of Delinquent Receipts, vol. 1, 1908-1917 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Record Delinquent Tax Sales Sheriff, vol. 1, 1891-1908 (1 volume).

 

Health and Human Services Records

1918-[ongoing]

Series documents the activities of the county health and human services programs operated by the county. Series includes narrative or statistical monthly, quarterly, and annual reports or minutes discussing program goals, objectives, and accomplishments. Program areas include public and mental health; juvenile services; adult and family services; women, infant, and child (WIC) services; alcohol and drug abuse; and developmental disabilities. In 1994 the name of the Children and Youth Services Commission was changed to the Commission on Children and Families.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Court Juvenile Department Journal, vol. 1, 1918-1933 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Public Health Department Office:
HSAB [Human Services Advisory Board-Minutes-includes mental health, alcohol and drug, developmental disabilities, and other topics], 2011-present (1 binder);
PHAB [Public Health Advisory Board-Minutes], 2011-present (1 binder);
PH Advisory Board [Public Health-Minutes], 1995-2000 (1 binder);
Public Health Advisory Board Minutes, 2004-2006 (1 binder);
Public Health Advisory Board [Minutes], 1995-2002 (1 binder).

Records at the South Coast Education Service District Branch Office Building, Commission on Children and Families Office:
CCCCF [Curry County Commission on Children and Families Minutes-includes related records], 2009-2010 (2 binders);
[Commission on Children and Families Minutes-includes related records], 1999-2008 (5 cu.ft.); 2011-present (.10 cu.ft.);
LADPC [Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee [Records-includes minutes], 2009-present (1 binder).

Records at the South Coast Education Service District Branch Office Building, Shared Records Storage Room:
Permanent [Commission on Children and Families Minutes], 1995-1997 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Human Services Administration Office:
Advisory Board Meeting Minutes [Human Services-includes mental health, alcohol and drug, developmental disabilities, and other topics-title varies], 1997-2009 (8 binders).

 

Insane Commitment Records

1856-[ongoing]

Series documents the examination, commitment, and release of mentally ill persons to and from the state's mental institutions. Series contains statements of complaint and commitment recorded by the county clerk or recorder and includes petitions to have an individual committed; physicians certification that an individual is insane; delivery warrants authorizing a county official (usually the sheriff) to take the individual to the state hospital; patient discharges; paroles or transfers; indexes; and correspondence. Information includes patient and family names, date committed, reason, physical description, and a brief family history. This series may also be known as the Insane Record, Mental Illness Record, and Mentally Ill and Feeble Minded Record. By 1968, in most counties, the commitment of the mentally ill or deficient had become the responsibility of the circuit court. Access to these records may be restricted for 75 years by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Case Files [includes insane commitments], no. 1-1753, ca.1856-1960 (29 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
County Court Laws [Judicial Journal-includes insane commitments], vol. 1, 1859-1894 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Civil-Domestic-Probate Office:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], 2009-present (1.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Supplies Storage Room:
Journal Civil County Court [includes some probate, naturalization, and insane commitment actions], vol. 2, 1895-1920 (1 volume);
Sealed Civil Commitment Files [Mental Commitment Case Files], 2005-2008 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Mental [Commitment Records-title varies], 1961-2005 (10 cu.ft.).

 

Judgment and Execution Records

1855-1929

Series records official decisions by the court and subsequent instructions to the sheriff to recover costs and awards related to debt, divorce, and other civil cases. The record serves as the official notice of the existence of a lien. Information includes title and case number; names of plaintiff, creditor, defendant, debtor, and attorney; amount of judgment; description of property levied on; writ of execution; disposition of case; decisions on appeals; dates docketed and satisfied; and volume and page numbers where recorded. Records may include judgment dockets, execution dockets, and fee books. Judgment and execution records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Execution Docket, 1873-1916 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Judgment and Lien Docket [includes County Court Judgment and Lien Docket], 1855-1916 (2 volumes);
County Court Executions [Docket], vol. 2, 1894-1929 (1 volume);
County Court Judgment and Lien Docket [included in Circuit Court Judgment and Lien Docket], 1885-1929 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Circuit Court Docket [Judgment], 1898-1913 (1 volume);
Docketed Judgments of County Court, vol. 1, 1873-1899 (1 volume).

 

Justice Court Case Files

1929-1940

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before the courts of the justices of the peace. Records include grand jury indictments, complaints, judgments by confession, transcripts of judgment entries and dockets, statements of witnesses, arrest warrants, subpoenas, bills for court costs and fees, petitions for appointment of justices of the peace and constables, petitions establishing justice districts, and marriage records. Cases heard include disturbing the peace, illegal liquor sales, assault, larceny, trespassing, fraud, vagrancy, and burglary. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Curry County Justice Court [Case Files], 1935-1940 (.10 cu.ft.);
Justice Port Orford [Justice Court Case Files-3rd District] , 1930-1940 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Justice Ct. [Court Case Files-5th District], 1929-1940 (1 cu.ft.).

 

Justice Court Dockets

1854-1943

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before justice of the peace courts. Dockets include defendant, plaintiff, attorney, witness, and juror names; action dates and nature of cases; judgments; and statements of costs. Actions include complaints, summonses, appearances, testimonies, bonds, judgments, pleas, fines, jail terms, marriages, and writs of attachment. Civil and criminal cases include larceny, burglary, recovering money or personal property, trespassing, hunting out of season, and illegal voting. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Justice Court Docket [Flores Creek Precinct], 1885-1896 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Court Book [Justice Court Docket-Jerry's Flat Precinct], vol. 2, 1889-1916 (1 volume);
Justice Court [Docket-2nd Precinct-boxed with no binding], 1939-1943 (1 volume);
Justice Court [Docket-5th Precinct], 1898-1924 (1 volume);
Justice Court [Docket-5nd Precinct-boxed with no binding], 1931-1933 (1 volume); 1935-1939 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Criminal Docket [Justice Court-Rogue River and Ellensburg Precincts], 1863-1884 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [5th Precinct-with index-title varies], 1916-1921 (1 volume); 1922-1927 (1 volume); 1927-1931 (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1257 [Whales Bay Precinct Justice Court Docket-in 1856 entries change from Coos to Curry County], 1854-1865 (1 volume).

 

Land Subdivision Records

1865-[ongoing]

Series documents the subdividing and partitioning of land within the county. Records include survey notes, correspondence, photographs, satisfaction of agreements, maps of subdivided and partitioned land, and contracts and permits. Information includes subdivision names; lot, street, and alley dimensions; and township, range, and section numbers of land to be subdivided or partitioned.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Index to Plats [Subdivision], 1907-1990 (1 volume);
Plat Book [Subdivision-unbound], vol. 1, 1907-1958 (1 volume);
Record of Town Plats [Subdivision and Partitions-with index], vol. 1A, 1889-1915 (1 volume);
[Subdivision and Partition Plats], 1865-present (ca.1000 maps);
Subdivision Ordinance, 1974 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office:
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes highway, topographic, flood plain, subdivision, county roads, ports, airport, hospital, etc.], ca.1920-present (ca.1000 maps and drawings);
Plat Maps [Subdivision and Partition], 1907-present (7 cu.ft.);
[Wall Mounted Survey Index-indexes filed surveys, subdivisions, and partitions], ca.1865-present (12 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Research Room:
Plat Index [Subdivision and Partition-includes roads], 1865-present (1 binder);
[Subdivision and Partition Plats-copies], 1865-present (8 cu.ft.);
[Wall Mounted Survey Index-indexes filed surveys, subdivisions, and partitions], ca.1865-present (12 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Adjacent Storage Room, Gray Plat Cabinet:
[Town Plats-Subdivision], 1865-ca.1907 (ca.40 plats).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, County Storage Room, Surveyor's Area:
[Don Cormack Survey Maps and Subdivision Plats], ca.1951-ca.1997 (1 volume);
Recorded Plats Brookings [Subdivision-copies], 1966-ca.1969 (1 volume);
[Subdivision Plats], ca.1922-1967 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Planning Division Office:
BOC Ordinances Relating to Land Use Planning [Board of Commissioners-includes comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance information], 1972-n.d. (1 binder);
Curry County Subdivision/Land Division Ordinance History [Records], 1974-present (1 binder);
Land Use Action Index Cards [indexes comprehensive plan, zone change, subdivision, and partition actions], ca.1972-present (1 cu.ft.);
Subdivision Ordinance, 1974 (1 volume);
Major Partitions [Case Files], 1974-present (6 cu.ft.);
Minor Partitions [Case Files], 1974-present (28 cu.ft.);
Subdivision [Case Files], 1974-present (10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Road Department Office:
Major Partitions Minor Partitions [Case Files-road related], ca.1970-ca.1993 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Planning [Partition Case Files-related to roads], 1992-2002 (5 cu.ft.);
Subdivision Plats [Case Files-road related], ca.1970-ca.1993 (4 cu.ft.).

 

Land Title Registers

1910-1945

Series records the ownership of land within the county. Records may include title registers, land indexes, land registration registers, torrens registry of titles, indexes to registered land, certificates of title, town lot indexes, ownership registers, and plat books. Information includes parties involved, land descriptions, dates, number and nature of titles, subdivisions, title holders, terms, discharge dates, and registrar's signatures. The torrens system of land registration was abolished in 1972 by Oregon law. Additional land ownership records may be found in Deeds and Indexes.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Lands [Tract Index of Registered Lands-only four entries], vol. 1, n.d. (1 volume);
Present Ownership Plats County Clerk, 1928-1929 (1 volume);
Register of Titles, vol. 1, 1911-1945 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Assessor/Tax Collector Storage Room:
Old Ownership Plats, ca.1910 (1 volume);
Present Ownership Plats Assessor, ca.1928-ca.1934 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Archives:
Assessors Present Ownership Record [Plat Book], n.d. (1 volume);
Tract Index, n.d. (1 volume).

 

Maps, Plans, and Drawings

1920-[ongoing]

Series provides a visual representation of the county and of physical structures constructed on county lands. Series includes maps, plans, and drawings that vary in size, scale, and date. Included are maps, plans, and drawings of counties and cities, election precincts, courthouses and other county buildings, cemeteries, rivers, Indian reservations, school districts, construction projects, and soil classifications. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Annex Renovation [Plans], 1985 (31 drawings);
Coos-Curry Electric Coop [Maps-Transmission], ca.1973-ca.1977 (.50 cu.ft.);
County Courthouse Plan, 1935 (4 drawings);
County Shop Bldg. Brookings [Plans], n.d. (2 drawings);
Courthouse Specs [Specifications-Curry County Courthouse Plans], 1956 (8 drawings);
Curry County Jail [Plans], 1971 (36 drawings);
Metsker's Atlas of Curry County Oregon, 1941 (1 volume); 1955 (1 volume); 1974 (1 volume);
Original Annex Plans, 1967 (5 drawings);
Steelox Bldg. [Plans], 1954 (3 drawings);
West Florence Incident [Biscuit Fire Maps], 2002 (1 map).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Assessor/Tax Collector Office:
[Assessor's Maps], n.d.-present (7 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Assessor/Tax Collector Storage Room:
[Assessor's Maps-includes ownership information], ca.1975-ca.1985 (4 volumes);
Type Map Reductions [Forest Cover Maps], ca.1959 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office:
Metsker's Atlas of Curry County Oregon, n.d. (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes highway, topographic, flood plain, subdivision, county roads, ports, airport, hospital, etc.], ca.1920-present (ca.1000 maps and drawings).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Research Room:
Metsker's Atlas of Curry County Oregon, 1974 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Adjacent Storage Room, Gray Plat Cabinet:
[Topographic Maps-U.S. Geological Survey], ca.1954-ca.1986 (ca.50 maps); 2002 (3 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Planning Division Office:
Flood Insurance Rate Map, 1987 (1 cu.ft.); 2009 (1 cu.ft.);
Metsker's Atlas of Curry County Oregon, 1974 (1 volume);
[Planning Department Reference Maps-includes national forest, soils, flood plain, wetlands, topographical, courthouse, jail, etc.], ca.1958-present (ca.200 maps).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Planning Division Basement North Stairwell Storage Room:
Flood Insurance Rate Map, 1987 (.60 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Archives:
[Assessor's Maps], ca.1973-ca.1981 (2 volumes);
Metsker's Atlas of Curry County Oregon, 1941 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Road Department Office:
Metsker's Atlas of Curry County Oregon, 1974 (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes road and highway survey, building plans, water lines, township, bridge, airport, floodplain, quadrangle, etc.-rolled and flat], ca.1921-present (ca.400 maps and drawings).

Records at the Curry County Web Site:
Assessor's Maps, n.d.-present (Internet);
Public Interactive GIS Map System [Curry County-includes map layer information related to roads, urban growth boundaries, tax assessment, public land, taxing districts, recreation, hydrology, cities, hazards, and other topics], n.d.-present (Internet);
Quick Pick Interactive Map GIS System [Curry County-includes parcel focused map layer information related to roads, urban growth boundaries, tax assessment, public land, taxing districts, recreation, hydrology, cities, hazards, and other topics], n.d.-present (Internet).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Tax Assessment GIS Maps [select county], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Marks and Brands Records

1858-1937

Series documents the registration of marks and brands by livestock owners and logging interests in order to clearly establish ownership. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes owner's name and address; diagram of animal showing location and style of mark and brand; written description of mark and brand; and filing date. Types of livestock registered include horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry. Log brands are also documented.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Log and Pole Brands [Record], 1923-1937 (1 volume);
Record of Stock Marks and Brands, vol. 1, 1858-1933 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Brand Records [Certificate of Registration of Marks and Brands], 1915-1926 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Marriage Records

1856-1992

Series documents the recording of marriages by the county and includes applications, marriage certificates and licenses, and indexes to marriage records. Information includes the names and residences of bride and groom; justice of the peace, minister, or name of individual officiating; fees charged; date filed; volume and page numbers where recorded; certificate number; date and place of marriage; and signatures of witnesses and county officials. Beginning in 1906 marriages have been officially registered with the state of Oregon. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Marriage records have been inventoried through 1960.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Marriage Certificates [Application for Marriage License], 1958-1961 (1 cu.ft.);
Marriage Certificates [includes related records], 1856-1963 (4 cu.ft.);
Marriage Record Index, 1935-1992 (1 volume);
Marriage Record, vol. 1-7, 1856-1964 (7 volumes).

 

Married Women's Property Registers

1885-1907

Series documents property held by women independently and separately from their husbands. Registration of property usually is in relation to a marriage or divorce settlement. Information includes a description of property (land, livestock, and farm and household goods) to be considered separate and declarations stating that the woman in question is not responsible for her husband's debts.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Married Women's Separate Property Register [with index], 1885-1907 (1 volume);
Search for 1885-1907 Curry County women's separate property register entries in Oregon Historical Records Index.

 

Medical Profession Registration Records

1887-1970

Series documents the registration of individuals in compliance with the requirements of relevant Oregon boards of examiners to practice a medical profession in the state. Professions registered include physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopaths, dentists, nurses, druggists, chiropractors, chiropodists, optometrists, and veterinarians. Records include registers, certificates, and licenses. Information includes name of registrant; name of school; graduation date; names of members of the examining board; licensing and recording dates; and licensing or registration numbers.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Physicians, Dentists, and Optometrists [Register-includes chiropractors and nurses], 1889-1970 (1 volume);
Record of Licenses to Sell Opium [begins on page 66], 1887-1900 (1 volume).

 

Military Records

1856-1992

Series lists those eligible for military service and records the discharge dates of those who served in the military. Series includes eligibility, enlistment, discharge registers, or muster rolls, and may include alphabetical indexes. Information includes name of individual serving or eligible for service; enlistment and discharge dates and codes; residences at birth and enlistment; occupations and ages at time of enlistment; branches of service; precinct numbers; service records including commendations; physical condition, education and types of jobs performed while in service; and rank at discharge. Access to military discharge records may be restricted for 75 years by 2009 Oregon Legislative Assembly SB 618.

Since 1966 military discharges have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Honorable Discharge Record [with index-serves as index until 1992], vol. 1A, 1920-1953 (1 volume);
Honorable Discharge Record [with index], vol. 1B, 2-3, 1949-1966 (3 volumes);
Honorable Discharges [incomplete], 1920-1966 (4 reels of microfilm);
Military Rolls, 1864-1901 (.20 cu.ft.);
Military Rolls [Muster Roll of Port Orford], 1856 (.05 cu.ft.);
Record of Licenses to Sell Opium [includes names of persons liable to perform military duty beginning on page 55], 1877, 1880 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Old Miss. Deeds, Etc. [Miscellaneous-includes military lists], 1892-1901 (.10 cu.ft.);
Old Miss. Deeds, Etc. [Miscellaneous-includes military pensions], 1887-1902 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Mining Claim Records

1856-[ongoing]

Series documents actions filed with the county related to mineral interest claims. Types of actions include mineral rights and royalty assignments, mineral interest claims, lease releases, interest stipulations, corrections, bills of sale and conveyance assignments, and location notices. Information includes names of involved parties; action types and dates; and volume and page numbers. The series may also include copies of claim location notices giving descriptions and details of individual claims.

Since 1966 mining claims have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). A separate mining claims index was maintained in the clerk's office until 1992.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Dormant Mineral Interest Record, vol. 1, 1985-1986 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Index Mining, 1970-1985 (1 volume);
Index Mining Records, 1896-1932 (1 volume);
Mining Claims, vol. A, 1856-1883 (1 volume);
Mining Index Direct & Indirect, 1985-1991 (1 volume);
Mining Record [with index], vol. 2-15A, 15B-16A, 16B-21, 1882-1966 (22 volumes);
Old Miss. Deeds, Etc. [Miscellaneous-includes placer mine, claim, and location records], 1908-1940, 1959 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office:
Section Corner Information [General Land Office and Bureau of Land Management Survey Records-includes mineral survey records], ca.1857-ca.1998 (4 inches of microfiche).

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).

 

Mortgage Records

1856-1992

Series documents the written interest in land providing security for the performance of a duty or payment of a debt. Records include mortgages; trustee's deeds of reconveyance; indexes, both by mortgagor and mortgagee name; and satisfactions. Information includes mortgagor and mortgagee names, property descriptions, mortgage terms, witness names, certifications, recording and satisfaction dates, volume and page numbers where recorded, and recorder's signature. Series also includes executor/executrix information when mortgages were transferred through wills and mortgages of land to individuals under the provisions of the Donation Land Act of 1850.

Since 1966 mortgages have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). A separate mortgage index was maintained until 1992.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Index of Mortgages, vol. 3, 1891-1898 (1 volume);
Record of Mortgages [Index], vol. 2, 1884-1891 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Amortization Record Mortgages [with index], vol. 6A, 1917-1955 (1 volume);
Index to Mortgages Direct, 1964-1992 (6 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Indirect, 1964-1992 (6 volumes);
Mortgage Record Index, 1928-1964 (2 volumes);
Mortgage Record, vol. 1-47, 1856-1966 (47 volumes);
Old Miss. Deeds, Etc. [Miscellaneous-includes mortgage papers], 1889-1929 (.10 cu.ft.);
State Land Board Mortgages [with index], vol. 6B, 1930-1938 (1 volume).

 

Naturalization Certificates

1896-1928

Series documents the granting of United States citizenship to petitioners. Records include applications, witness affidavits, court findings granting or denying citizenship, certificates, and indexes. Declarations of intention may also be included. Information includes name, age, and residence of applicant; applicant's dependents; date of filing of declarations of intention and petitions; and volume and page numbers where papers are recorded.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Certificate of Citizenship [Record], vol. 1, 1904 (1 volume);
Certificate of Naturalization [Stubs], 1916-1928 (3 volumes);
Naturalization Certificates [Certificate of Citizenship], 1896 (.05 cu.ft.);
Naturalization Certificates [Certificate of Naturalization Stubs], 1903-1916 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Naturalization Declarations of Intention

1856-1955

Series documents the process taken by applicants for United States citizenship in declaring their intention to become United States citizens. Information may include applicant's name, age, physical description, place and date of birth, method of immigration, date and port of entry, names and ages of wife and children, and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Declarations of intention may also be attached to naturalization petitions or naturalization certificates.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Naturalization Declarations of Intention [vol. 1 includes circuit court index], vol. 1-2, 1904-1929 (2 volumes);
Search for 1904-1929 Curry County naturalization declaration of intention records in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Declaration of Intention, 1856-1907 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Curry Petitions Naturalization [includes certificates of arrival and declarations of intentions], 1930-1955 (1 volume).

 

Naturalization Petitions and Orders

1895-1955

Series documents the application for United States citizenship by aliens. Information includes name, residence, and occupation of applicants; place and date of birth; emigration place, date, and vessel; declaration of intention dates; name, birthplace, and birth date of dependents; and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Accompanying the petitions are witness and petitioner affidavits, oaths of allegiance, court orders admitting or denying citizenship, declarations of intention, depositions, and certificates of arrival.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Naturalization Petition and Record [with index], vol. 1, no. 1-61, 1896-1929 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Supplies Storage Room:
Journal Civil County Court [includes some probate, naturalization, and insane commitment actions], vol. 2, 1895-1920 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Curry Petitions Naturalization [includes certificates of arrival and declarations of intentions], 1930-1955 (1 volume).

 

Pension and Relief Records

1920-1937

Series documents financial assistance approved by the county court for widows, mothers, dependent children, orphans, the elderly, and indigents. Information includes applicant name and address, children's names and birth dates, amount of pension or monthly support payment, and county court order. Because the provision of relief became primarily a state and federal function in the 1930s, records are inventoried through 1939.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Widow's Pension Ledger [includes indigent pensions-with index], vol. 1, 1920-1937 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Archives:
Old Age Pension [Applications], 1933-1935 (.20 cu.ft.).

 

Planning Commission Minutes

1988-[ongoing]

Series documents the discussions and activities of the county planning commission as recorded in the minutes and agendas. Topics discussed include the creation, amendment, and appeal of zoning ordinances and county land use laws; county comprehensive plans; and election or appointment of planning commission members.

Planning commission minutes dating back to 1968, which were noted in the 2005 inventory, were not found in the 2011 inventory. Audio cassette tapes of planning commission meetings exist for most years and are located in the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Planning Division North Basement Stairwell Storage Room.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Planning Division Office:
[Planning Commission Minutes], 2007-present (.40 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Planning Division Basement North Stairwell Storage Room:
Meeting Minutes [Planning Commission], 1999-2007 (.50 cu.ft.);
Planning Com. Agenda, Minutes, Packets, Etc. [Commission], 1988-1991 (1 cu.ft.).

 

Prisoner Registers

1892-1967

Series tracks individuals incarcerated in the county jail. Information includes prisoner identification number; date entered; name, address, age, birth date, height and weight, eye and hair color, and nationality of prisoner; arrest date; arresting officer; crime committed; sentence; bail; court; release date; and remarks. Prisoner registers, which may also be referred to as jail lists, have been inventoried through 1965. Access to portions of these records may be restricted for 25 years after termination of custody by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496(3).

Records at the Curry Historical Museum, Second Floor Records Storage Room:
[Jail Register], 1892-1967 (1 volume).

 

Probate Case Files

1856-[ongoing]

Series documents actions taken on probate cases brought before the county, district, or circuit court for settlement. Records include wills, receipts, claims, vouchers, petitions to sell, notices of annual accounting, final estate accounting reports, appraiser's affidavits, bills of sale, inventories, fee bills, appraisals, administrator and appointment certificates, and appraiser oaths. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Curry County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Case Files [includes insane commitments], no. 1-1753, ca.1856-1960 (29 cu.ft.);
Search for 1856-1922 Curry County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Civil-Domestic-Probate Office:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes civil, probate, guardianship, and name change actions], 1965-1978 (6 reels of microfilm);
Index to Cases [Circuit Court-includes probate and small estate cases], 1992-1994 (1 volume);
Probate [Case File Index], ca.1870-1989 (1 volume);
[Probate Case Files], 1961-1963 (2 reels of microfilm); 1978-1996 (27 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Case Files-Open Conservatorship and Guardianship Records], ca.1988-present (22 cu.ft.);
[SE-Small Estate Case Files], 1973-1994 (2 reels of microfilm);
Small Estates [Case File Index], 1975-1987 (1 volume);
[Small Estate Case Files-interfiled with probate case files], 1999-present (1.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Judge's Chambers Records Storage:
PR [Probate Case Files-boxed], 2002-2003 (6 cu.ft.);
PR [Probate Case Files-shelved], 2004-2005 (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Curry Probate [Probate Case Files], 1961-1996 (35 reels of microfilm);
PR [Probate Case Files], 1997-2001 (12 cu.ft.);
SE [Small Estate Case Files], 1973-1994 (1 cu.ft.).

 

Probate Estate Records

1886-1932

Series documents information recorded about estates probated in the county or circuit courts. Information includes deceased party's name; recording and death dates; residence; name and address of executors, administrators, or trustees; estimated values of real and personal property; inventory and appraisal dates; the estate's value according to the appraisals and to the county court; and the names and relationship of heirs. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Estate Record [Record of Estates], 1886-1932 (1 volume).

 

Probate Registers

1859-1979

Series records the actions taken by the county's probate court. Information includes case numbers, estate or deceased's name, administrator's or executor's name, dates and types of papers filed, and memoranda and court orders listed by dates of appointment of administrator or executor. Series may also be referred to as probate journals, dockets, or records of actions. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases. In 1986 circuit courts with probate jurisdiction began recording basic case information on the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN). This network functionally replaced probate dockets and journals previously maintained by the courts. The transition to full use of OJIN by all circuit courts in Oregon took approximately two years. Contact the trial court administrator for access to OJIN. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Curry County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Journals, vol. 2-9, 1880-1957 (8 volumes);
Probate Record, vol. A, 1859-1894 (1 volume);
Probate Register, vol. 1, 1909-1951 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Supplies Storage Room:
Journal Civil County Court [includes some probate, naturalization, and insane commitment actions], vol. 2, 1895-1920 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 10-11, 1957-1966 (2 volumes);
Probate Register, vol. 2-3, 1946-1979 (2 volumes).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Probate Register Docket [with index], vol. 1, 1866-1894 (1 volume).

 

Road and Bridge Records

1856-[ongoing]

Series documents the development, construction, maintenance, and improvement of county roads and bridges. Records include bonds, general road and highway maps, petitions to have roads constructed or altered, notices, complaints, vacation records, and correspondence. Information includes road numbers and names and descriptions of the activity occurring on the road. Information concerning county roads may be available on the Integrated Road Information System (IRIS) at the county road office. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Old Road Records [includes petitions, reports, estimates, contracts, orders, field notes, road survey maps, and related records], ca.1883-ca.1956 (1 cu.ft.);
Road Department [Card Index-to construction contracts, bridges, etc.], ca.1856-1966 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Road Orders [Commissioners], 1962-1966 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office:
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes highway, topographic, flood plain, subdivision, county roads, ports, airport, hospital, etc.], ca.1920-present (ca.1000 maps and drawings).

Records at the Curry County Road Department Office:
Bridge Files [Case], ca.1920-present (8.50 cu.ft.);
Major Partitions Minor Partitions [Case Files-road related], ca.1970-ca.1993 (2.50 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes road and highway survey, building plans, water lines, township, bridge, airport, floodplain, quadrangle, etc.-rolled and flat], ca.1921-present (ca.400 maps and drawings);
Planning [Partition Case Files-related to roads], 1992-2002 (5 cu.ft.);
Roads [Case Files], no. 106-897, ca.1870-present (26 cu.ft.);
Subdivision Plats [Case Files-road related], ca.1970-ca.1993 (4 cu.ft.);
Vacations [Road-Case Files], ca.1926-present (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Web Site:
Public Interactive GIS Map System [Curry County-includes map layer information related to roads, urban growth boundaries, tax assessment, public land, taxing districts, recreation, hydrology, cities, hazards, and other topics], n.d.-present (Internet);
Quick Pick Interactive Map GIS System [Curry County-includes parcel focused map layer information related to roads, urban growth boundaries, tax assessment, public land, taxing districts, recreation, hydrology, cities, hazards, and other topics], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Road Maps and Survey Notes

1865-[ongoing]

Series documents the surveying and mapping of county roads. Records include road surveyor notes, alignment, profile, and other survey maps, and road registers. Information includes legal descriptions of the roads; road names and numbers; plans and profiles; township, range, and section numbers; dates of activity; and scales. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
County Road Plat, 1970 (1 map);
Old Road Records [includes petitions, reports, estimates, contracts, orders, field notes, road survey maps, and related records], ca.1883-ca.1956 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office:
County Roads [Survey Maps], ca.1885-present (1.75 cu.ft.);
[Oregon Department of Transportation Highway Strip Maps-with register], 1924-1991 (ca.50 maps);
Plats [Subdivision and Partition Index-includes roads], 1865-present (1 binder).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Research Room:
County Roads [Survey Maps], ca.1885-present (1.75 cu.ft.);
Plat Index [Subdivision and Partition-includes roads], 1865-present (1 binder).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Adjacent Storage Room, Gray Plat Cabinet:
[Road Survey Maps-mylar], 1885-1969 (.30 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Road Department Office:
Curry County Road Inventory [Maps-with index], 1967 (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes road and highway survey, building plans, water lines, township, bridge, airport, floodplain, quadrangle, etc.-rolled and flat], ca.1921-present (ca.400 maps and drawings);
Record [Road Survey-with index], 1877-1914 (1 volume);
Road Record [with index], vol. 2, 1915-1939 (1 volume);
Road Survey Plats, ca.1920-present (ca.500 maps).

Records at the Curry County Web Site:
Public Interactive GIS Map System [Curry County-includes map layer information related to roads, urban growth boundaries, tax assessment, public land, taxing districts, recreation, hydrology, cities, hazards, and other topics], n.d.-present (Internet);
Quick Pick Interactive Map GIS System [Curry County-includes parcel focused map layer information related to roads, urban growth boundaries, tax assessment, public land, taxing districts, recreation, hydrology, cities, hazards, and other topics], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

School District Records

1888-1967

Series reports the general and financial statistics of each school district located in the county. Information includes school district number and clerk's name; number of individuals within the district between ages four and twenty; number of teachers employed; number of school houses (owned by the district); number of legal voters; number of libraries and books within each; number of private schools; cash on hand at last report; district tax received from county; state schools funds received; general value of school grounds and furnishings; property values; enrollment; number of students enrolled from outlying districts; school census; and board minutes. Series may also contain school attendance and grade reports and data on students and parents. Records may be titled School District Clerk Annual Report, District Clerk's Book of Records, District Clerk Record Book, or Oregon School Register and Record Book, which is the most comprehensive record of school district activities. School district records have been inventoried through 1965. Access to student records may be restricted by state or federal law.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Clerk's Annual Census Report, District No. 2-3, 1926-1927, 1930-1931 (.10 cu.ft.);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 3], 1910-1912 (1 volume); 1912-1914 (1 volume); 1913-1914 (1 volume); 1915-1921 (1 volume); 1921-1923 (1 volume); 1923-1925 (1 volume); 1925-1927 (1 volume); 1927-1929 (1 volume); 1929-1933 (1 volume); 1935-1958 (1 volume); 1960-1964 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 5], 1918-1922 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 18-Quosaten], 1913-1917 (1 volume); 1918-1922 (1 volume); 1922-1925 (1 volume); 1926-1931 (1 volume); 1932-1935 (1 volume); 1934-1953 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 21-Jerry's Flat], 1915-1917 (1 volume); 1917-1919 (1 volume); 1918-1923 (1 volume); 1923 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 2-Wedderburn], 1923-1929 (1 volume); 1929-1936 (1 volume); 1936-1939 (1 volume); 1939-1944 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3], 1908-1912 (1 volume); 1914-1915 (1 volume); 1917-1921 (1 volume); 1926-1932 (1 volume); 1937-1938 (1 volume); 1939-1940 (1 volume); 1940-1941 (1 volume); 1941-1942 (1 volume); 1942-1943 (1 volume); 1943-1944 (1 volume); 1944-1945 (1 volume); 1945-1946 (1 volume); 1946-1947 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3-Grades 1-2], 1932-1936 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3-Grades 1-3], 1921-1926 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3-Grades 1-8], 1935-1937 (1 volume); 1938-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3-Grades 3-4], 1932-1936 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3-Grades 3-5], 1922-1927 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3-Grades 4-8], 1922-1927 (1 volume); 1926-1931 (1 volume); 1936 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3-Grades 5-6], 1931-1936 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3-Grades 7-8], 1927-1931 (1 volume); 1931-1934 (1 volume); 1934-1936 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 16-Pistol River], 1929-1935 (1 volume); 1945-1946 (1 volume); 1947-1948 (1 volume); 1951-1952 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 16-Pistol River-Various grades], 1940-1965 (.60 cu.ft.);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 18-Quosaten], 1908-1915 (1 volume); 1915-1923 (1 volume); 1923-1930 (1 volume); 1930-1933 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 21], 1915-1921 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 22-Carpenterville], 1924-1935 (1 volume); 1935-1936 (1 volume); 1934-1939 (1 volume); 1941-1945 (1 volume); 1945-1946 (1 volume); 1946-1950 (1 volume); 1950-1951 (1 volume); 1953-1954 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book, [District No. 29-Squaw Valley], 1926-1927 (1 volume);
School District No. 3 School Board Minutes, 1936-1947 (.10 cu.ft.); 1961-1967 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
School Register and Record Book [District No. 16-Pistol River], 1888-1891 (1 volume).

Records at the Gold Beach High School Office, Vault:
Final Record of Standing [Gold Beach High School], 1922-1944 (1 volume); 1945-1953 (1 volume);
[High School Record-Gold Beach-includes name, address, age, subjects, grades, and attendance], 1949-1957 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book High School Register [District No. UH-1], 1913-1924 (1 volume); 1924-1929 (1 volume); 1929-1932 (1 volume);
SE Ledger [Gold Beach High School Record of Work Done], 1912-1925 (1 volume);
Term Record [Gold Beach High School], 1922-1944 (1 volume); 1945-1953 (1 volume).

Records at the Gold Beach High School Building, Central Curry School District 1 Office Storage Room:
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 3-unconfirmed in 2011 inventory], 1894-1898 (1 volume); 1898-1908 (1 volume);
[District Clerk's Record Book-District No. UH-1-Gold Beach High School-unconfirmed in 2011 inventory], 1961-1965 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry Historical Museum, Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Curry County High School Grade Sheet [includes name, age, attendance, class, and grades for students in several high schools], 1938-1952 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3], 1900-1903 (1 volume);
[School District Meeting Records-District No. 3], 1934-1936 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry Historical Museum, First Floor School Exhibit Case:
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 16-Pistol River], 1922-1928 (1 volume).

 

Superintendent of Schools Records

1925-1967

Series documents the official and financial affairs of the superintendent of schools concerning teachers, students, and schools located in the county. Records include annual statements on the condition of common (public) schools in the county, school district boundary records, school district accounts, and book purchases. Information includes financial information, school curricula, boundary descriptions, and enrollment and attendance data. Superintendent of schools records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
District Boundary Board Reports [District No. 3], 1926-1932 (.05 cu.ft.);
District Boundary Board Reports [District No. 18-Quosaten], 1925-1930 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the South Coast Education Service District Branch Office:
[Boundary Board Descriptions and Maps], ca.1955-ca.1965 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry Historical Museum, Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Board Minutes [Curry County Rural School District Board], 1947-1953 (1 volume); 1954-1961 (1 volume);
Curry County I.E.D. Official Minutes [Intermediate Education District], 1962-1967 (1 volume);
Eighth Grade Records [Examination], 1929-1959 (1 volume);
School Directory [Curry County-with gaps], 1951-1958 (.05 cu.ft.);
School Superintendent's Record of Annual Reports, 1930-1960 (1 volume).

 

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.

The Swanson and Niemi and Thorp survey records were acquired by the Surveyor's Office for reference purposes.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office:
[Charles Echols-County Surveys Record-with index], 1878-1908 (1 volume);
Chas. Echols Surveys [Case Files-Charles], ca.1945-ca.1958 (13 volumes);
Client Files Niemi and Thorp [Survey Files], ca.1964-1979 (7 cu.ft.);
Client Files Swanson [Survey Files], 1964-1977 (18 cu.ft.);
Curry County Field Notes of Public Surveys [General Land Office-with index], 1857-1891 (1 volume);
Don Cormack [Private Survey Case Files], ca. 1980-ca.1995 (4.25 cu.ft.);
Echols Old Maps [Unrecorded Surveys-originals], ca.1949-ca.1958 (ca.1 cu.ft.);
Field Notes [Survey-unbound], ca.1870-ca.1900 (.20 cu.ft.);
[Filed Survey Graphical Index], ca.1933-ca.1995 (1 volume);
Index to Surveyor's Field Notes U.S. Surveys [General Land Office], ca.1900-ca.1925 (1 volume);
Misc. Survey Maps [Miscellaneous], ca.1920-ca.1940 (ca.75 maps);
Private Surveys [Filed], ca.1933-present (ca.20 cu.ft.);
Records [U.S. Surveyor Field Notes], 1857-ca.1890 (1 volume);
Section Corner Information [General Land Office and Bureau of Land Management Survey Records-includes mineral survey records], ca.1857-ca.1998 (4 inches of microfiche);
[Survey Field Notes Book-E.F. Wann], ca.1926-1927 (1 volume);
[Survey Field Notes-J.N. Gearhart], 1929-1955 (.15 cu.ft.);
[Survey Field Notes-U.S. Government-copies], 1956-1982 (.15 cu.ft.);
Survey Index by Township [Register], ca.1933-present (1 binder);
Survey Maps [Filed Surveys], ca.1933-2010 (18 reels of microfilm);
Survey Notes E.F. Wann, 1925-1927 (1 volume);
Survey Number/Client Names [Survey Card Index], 1964-1977 (.40 cu.ft.);
Surveyor Field Notes [includes restored corners-copies], ca.1857-ca.1986 (17 volumes);
Surveyor Record [County], vol. 2, 1905-1933 (1 volume);
[Wall Mounted Survey Index-indexes filed surveys, subdivisions, and partitions], ca.1865-present (12 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Research Room:
Echols Old Maps [Unrecorded Surveys-with index], ca.1945-ca.1958 (1 cu.ft.);
[Filed Surveys-copies], ca.1933-present (30 cu.ft.);
Index to County and Private Surveyors Records, n.d. (1 volume);
Index to Field Notes Government Surveys and Restored Corners, n.d. (1 volume);
Metsker's Atlas of Curry County Oregon [Survey and Corner Restoration Index-modified], ca.1919-n.d. (1 volume);
Survey Index by Township [Register], ca.1933-present (1 binder);
Surveyor Field Notes [includes restored corners-copies], ca.1857-ca.1986 (17 volumes);
Surveyors Field Notes [U.S. Surveyor Field Notes-transcribed copy], 1857-ca.1890 (1 volume);
[Wall Mounted Survey Index-indexes filed surveys, subdivisions, and partitions], ca.1865-present (12 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Adjacent Storage Room, Gray Plat Cabinet:
BLM Maps [Bureau of Land Management], ca.1965-ca.2000 (1 volume);
[Filed Survey Graphical Index], ca.1933-2010 (12 volumes);
[General Land Office Survey Field Notes-copies], 1857-1922 (.30 cu.ft.);
Gov't Survey Plats [Government], ca.1873-ca.1974 (2 volumes);
[Swanson and Echols Unrecorded Maps], ca.1955-ca.1975 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Adjacent Storage Room:
[Jerry Swanson Survey Case Files], 1965-1973 (10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Adjacent Storage Room, Green Plat Cabinet:
Surveyor Field Notes [includes restored corners-originals], ca.1857-ca.1986 (17 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Basement South Stairwell Storage Room:
[Filed Survey and Corner Restoration Plats and Notes Card Index], ca.1933-1995 (1 cu.ft.);
[Niemi and Thorp Field Books], 1976-1979 (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, County Storage Room, Surveyor's Area:
[Don Cormack Survey Maps and Subdivision Plats], ca.1951-ca.1997 (1 volume);
[Filed County Surveys-copies], ca.1933-present (7 cu.ft.);
[Filed Survey Graphical Index], ca.1933-ca.1995 (1 volume);
[Niemi and Thorp Engineering Maps and Drawings], ca.1945-ca.1958 (.50 cu.ft.).

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).

 

Tax Lot Cards

1958-1995

Tax lot cards, which contain official descriptions of real property, are used to track land ownership and lot size and also may serve as a deed reference. Records include tax lot number; the location of the land in reference to township, range, and section; and a description and record of changes to the property, acreage, and land owner.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Assessor/Tax Collector Office:
Tax Lot Cards [Official Record of Descriptions of Real; Property], 1959-1995 (16 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Assessor/Tax Collector Storage Room:
Tax Roll Cards [Lot], n.d.-1958 (4 cu.ft.).

 

Water Rights Records

1915-1966

Series documents the authorization by the state and local governments for the use of public waters. Series includes water rights, licenses, and certificates of water rights issued by the state and filed with the county. Records may include alphabetical indexes to the certificates, transcripts, statements, evidence, and other records specifically related to water rights cases heard by circuit and appellate courts. Information includes names of individuals proving water rights; locations of water rights including the township, range, and section number; descriptions of land under such rights; and limitations of appropriations of rights and use of rights (i.e. length of time, usage). Original water rights certificates are filed with the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Since 1966 water rights have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Certificate of Water Rights [with index], vol. 1-2, 1915-1966 (2 volumes);
[Determination of Relative Rights to the Use of Waters of Rogue River], 1916, 1940 (2 volumes).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Break Room:
Old Miss. Deeds, Etc. [Miscellaneous-includes proof of appropriation of water rights], 1930-1936 (.10 cu.ft.);
Old Miss. Deeds, Etc. [Miscellaneous-transcripts of testimony], 1939 (1 volume).

 

Zoning Records

1971-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and implementation of codes and policies relating to the zoning of county lands and to illustrate and locate the various zoned areas within the county. Records include uniform zone codes and ordinances depicting various zoned lands in the county. Information in codes and ordinances includes definition, code/ordinance numbers, purposes, uses, conditions for use, and changes made to codes/ordinances. Maps include area and/or zone descriptions, dates created, scales, and commissioners' signatures. Areas are typically zoned for residential, industrial, commercial, flood plain, agricultural, timber, public and government, and mineral extraction uses.

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
Curry County Comprehensive Plan Zoning Maps, 1981 (1 volume);
Curry County Zoning Ordinance of 1984, 1984 (1 binder);
Interim Zoning Ordinances, 1971 (1 volume);
[Zone Changes-Maps], 1975 (1 volume);
Zoning Maps, 1972 (2 volumes);
[Zoning Maps], 1972 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, Planning Division Office:
BOC Ordinances Relating to Land Use Planning [Board of Commissioners-includes comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance information], 1972-n.d. (1 binder);
Comp. Plan/Zone Change [Case Files-Comprehensive Plan], 1976-present (10 cu.ft.);
Curry County Comprehensive Plan Zoning Maps, 1981 (1 volume);
Historical Zoning Ordinances, 1972-present (1 binder);
Land Use Action Index Cards [indexes comprehensive plan, zone change, subdivision, and partition actions], ca.1972-present (1 cu.ft.);
Zoning Change [Case Files], 1972-2003 (9 cu.ft.);
Zoning Maps, n.d. (3 binders);
[Zoning Maps-superseded], ca.1981-ca.2005 (10 volumes);
Zoning Ordinance History [Records], 1972-present (1 binder);
Zoning Regulations, 1972 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Web Site:
Curry County Zoning Ordinance, 1994 (Internet);
Curry County Zoning Ordinance Text Amendments [Destination Resort Development-PDF], 2010 (Internet);
Zoning and Urban Growth Boundary Maps, n.d.-present (Internet).

Inventory by Gary Halvorson, Senior Archivist
Last Update: November 1, 2011

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