Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Harney County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals


Series documents all administrative actions of the board of county commissioners and the county court. In most counties, the board of county commissioners has assumed the administrative duties and responsibilities of the county court. Administrative actions include levying taxes; budgeting; approving appropriations; appointing county officials; approving officials bonds and annual reports; receiving petitions and remonstrances concerning county roads; defining and establishing county roads; calling bond elections for the construction of county buildings; compiling jury lists and conducting hearings; approving salaries and expenses of county officials; confirming elections; and issuing licenses for such things as liquor, ferries, warehouses, and groceries. The series may be referred to as the County Court Administrative Journal, Commissioner's Minutes, County Court Docket, or Board of Commissioners Meeting Records.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Commissioner's Minutes, 1889-1893 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Commissioner [Journal-title varies], vol. L-N, 1977-1987 (.25 cu.ft.);
Commissioners Journal, vol. B-L, 1893-1979 (11 volumes);
Comm Journal [Commissioners], vol. P-T, 1993-2006 (ca.135 sheets of microfiche);
County Court Journal, vol. A, 1889-1919 (1 volume);
County Court Minutes, 1957-1961, 1963-1970 (3 volumes); 1974-2006 (ca.175 sheets of microfiche);
[County Court Minutes/Orders/Resolutions], 2008-present (.50 cu.ft.);
County Courts Minutes, vol. 3, 1964-1979 (1 volume);
Index Commissioners Journal, vol. 1, 1933-1967 (1 volume);
Index to Commissioner's Journals, vol. 1, 1889-1933 (1 volume);
Index to Commissioners' Journals, vol. 2, 1966-present (1 volume);
Journal County Court Minutes, 1945-1956 (1 volume);
Record [Commissioners Journal], vol. A, 1889-1893 (1 volume);
Record [County Court Minutes], 1929-1944 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Commissioner's Docket, vol. 1-2, 1893-1917 (2 volumes);
[Commissioners Journal] vol. A-H, 1889-1958 (4 reels of microfilm);
[Commissioners' Journal, vol. L-T, 1979-present (5 inches of microfilm jackets);
Comiss. Journal [Commissioners], 1997-1998 (1.20 cu.ft.);
[County Commissioners' Minutes], 1889-1893 (1 reel of microfilm);
[County Court Minutes], 1974-2007 (3 inches of microfilm jackets);
County Court Minutes [includes orders, ordinances, and resolutions-title varies], 1992-1998 (5 cu.ft.);
County Court Minutes/Orders/Resolutions, 1999-2007 (13 cu.ft.);
County Ct. Minutes [Court-includes orders], 1965-1991 (2.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom Cabinet:
County Court Journal Juvenile [Administrative and Judicial Journal-includes adoptions, mental commitments, widow's pensions, water rights, civil and criminal judicial actions, and administrative actions], vol. B, 1920-1963 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Web Site:
County Court Minutes [Administrative], 2007-present (Internet).

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