Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Jackson County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records


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 records have been recorded in the clerk's Official Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Jackson County Courthouse Annex, County Clerk's Recording Division Office Room 114:
[Decree Distribution of Water Little Butte Creek-Water Rights], no. 1203E, n.d. (1 reel of microfilm);
Index to Mining Claims and Water Rights, vol. 1-8, 1857-1965 (8 volumes);
Mining [and Water Rights-Record], 1884-1886 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining [Claims and Water Rights Record], 1893-1901 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining [Claims Ditches-Record of Conveyance of Mining Claims and Water Ditches-with index], vol. 1-2, 1854-1893 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining [Claims-includes water rights], vol. 1-78, 1857-1965 (77 reels of microfilm);
Mining [Index to Mining Claims-includes water rights], vol. 1-8, 1857-1965 (9 reels of microfilm);
[Water Rights-Record], vol. 4-7, 1949-1972 (4 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Jackson County Courthouse Annex, County Clerk's Recording Division Basement Vault:
[In Re Rogue River Contest Papers-Water Rights Adjudication Records], vol. 17-22, ca.1912-1916 (6 volumes);
[In Re Rogue River Contest Testimony Little Butte Creek-Water Rights Adjudication Records], vol. 4, 1910-1916 (1 volume);
[In Re Rogue River Contest Testimony-Water Rights Adjudication Records], vol. 1-3, 1913-1916 (3 volumes); vol. 5-17, 1913-1916 (13 volumes);
[In Re Rogue River Corrections-Water Rights Adjudication Records], vol. 25, 1915-1916 (1 volume);
[In Re Rogue River Jurisdictional and Miscellaneous-Water Rights Adjudication Records], vol. 26, 1909-1916 (1 volume);
[In Re Rogue River Misc. Claims Stipulations and Papers-Water Rights Adjudication Records], vol. 23, ca.1912-1916 (1 volume);
[In Re Rogue River Statements and Proofs-Water Rights Adjudication Records], vol. 1-11, 1911-1916 (11 volumes); vol. 13, 1911-1916 (1 volume); vol. 15, 1911-1916 (1 volume);
In Re Rogue River Statements and Proofs [Water Rights Adjudication Records], vol. 14, 1911-1916 (1 volume);
[In Re Rogue River Water Supply Report General Index-Water Rights Adjudication Records], vol. 24, 1916 (1 volume);
[Little Butte Creek-Evidence in Little Butte Creek Adjudication-Water Rights], vol. 16, 1911-1916 (1 volume);
[Water Rights-Record], vol. 4-7, 1949-1972 (4 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Access Contracted Records Storage Facility:
[Cancellation of Water Rights-81A.75, Box 7354], 1961-1978 (.35 cu.ft.);
[Little Butte Creek Adjudication, Transcripts, Exhibits, and Supplemental Evidence-with indexes-81A.4, Boxes 7377-7379], 1926 (27 volumes);
Mining & Water Rights Records [80A.4], vol. 18, 1882-1884 (1 volume);
Mining & Water Rights [Record-with index-80A.4], 1886-1888 (1 volume);
Mining & Water Rights Records [with index-80A.4], vol. 14, 1875 (1 volume); vol. 16, 1876-1878 (1 volume); vol. 17, 1878-1882 (1 volume); vol. 19, 1884-1886 (1 volume);
Mining Locations & Water Rights [Record-80A.4], vol. 1-11, 1858-1902 (11 volumes); vol. 13, 1902-1905 (1 volume); vol. 15, 1905-1908 (1 volume); vol. 21, 1888-1890 (1 volume);
Record of Conveyances of Mining Claims and Water Ditches [with index-80A.4], vol. 1-2, 1854-1893 (2 volumes);
Record of Conveyances of Mining Claims and Water Rights [with index], vol. 3, 1893-1898 (1 volume);
Record of Notices of Locations & Appropriations of Water Etc. [80A.4], vol. 1, 1891-1909 (1 volume);
[Record of Water Rights Certificates-Index-81A.104, Box 417], vol. 4-7, 1949-1972 (1 volume);
Record of Water Rights Certificates [with index-81A.104], vol. 1-3, 1909-1949 (3 volumes);
[Rogue River Water Rights Transcripts, Testimony, Proof, and Evidence-with indexes-81A.4, Box 7374], 1937-1939 (8 volumes);
[Water Rights Case Files-Rogue River-81A.4, Boxes 7375-7376], 1916-1940 (1.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Jackson County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives:
Water Rights [Case Files-includes decrees, petitions, and exhibits pertaining to the Rogue River], ca.1940-ca.1979 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Research Library:
Waters of the Rogue River and its Tributaries Decree [printed-location M30F, Box 3], 1919 (1 volume).

Records at the Jackson County Library, Medford Branch:
In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Waters of the Rogue River and its Tributaries [Decree], ca.1919 (1 volume).


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