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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Harney County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records

1874-1979

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.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Brief of Behalf of Pacific Live Stock Company [Malheur River Water Rights Adjudication Records], ca.1948 (1 volume);
Decree [Donner und Blitzen River Water Rights Adjudication Record], 1942 (1 volume);
Exhibits [Donner und Blitzen River Water Rights Adjudication Record], 1895-1931 (3 volumes);
In Re Silvies River [Water Rights Adjudication Records-includes statements and proofs, contest papers, original evidence, transcripts, contest testimony, exhibits, briefs, and related records-title varies], ca.1893-ca.1923 (55 volumes);
Jurisdictional Papers, Stipulations, Briefs [Donner und Blitzen River Water Rights Adjudication Record], 1929-1931 (1 volume);
Record of Certificate of Water Rights [with index], vol. 1-2, 1914-1946 (2 volumes);
Record of Water Rights [with index], vol. B, 1905-1917 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1947-1978 (1 volume);
Silvies River Water Rights [Adjudication Records], no. 1403, ca.1919-1928 (.35 cu.ft.);
Statement of Contests [Donner und Blitzen River Water Rights Adjudication Record], 1930-1932 (1 volume);
Transcript of Arguments [Malheur River Water Rights Adjudication Record], 1924 (1 volume);
Transcript of Testimony [Donner und Blitzen River Water Rights Adjudication Record], vol. 1-4, 1931 (4 volumes);
Water Matters [Water District Formation Records-trifolded], 1915-1919 (.05 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Notices-trifolded], 1897-1908 (.20 cu.ft.);
[Water Rights-Record], vol. A-3, 1874-1959 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. 4, 1959-ca.1979 (1 sheet of microfilm jacket).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Donner und Blitzen River [Water Rights Original Evidence Exhibit No. 35], n.d. (.30 cu.ft.);
Findings and Order of Determination [Cow Creek], 1938 (.05 cu.ft.);
Finding of Fact and Order of Determination [Crooked River], 1914 (.05 cu.ft.);
Irrigation Cases [Water Rights Case Files], 1918-1928 (.30 cu.ft.);
Supplemental Findings [Cow Creek], 1939 (.05 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Record Index], vol. 4, 1979 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Record-partial], vol. 4, 1979 (1 sheet of microfiche);
Water Rights [with index], vol. A, 1874-1905 (1 volume).

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).

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