Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine 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.

The commissioners journals have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records for some years.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Commissioners Journal [includes exhibits], 1974-1981 (20 cu.ft.); 2009-present (4 cu.ft.);
Commissioner's Journal, vol. 16-94, 1964-1994 (83 reels of microfilm);
Index to Commissioners Records, vol. 1-4, 1856-1983 (4 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Commissioners' Court Docket, vol. 1, 1893-1902 (1 volume);
Commissioners Court Journal [title varies], vol. 3-15, 1882-1963 (13 volumes);
Commissioners Court Papers, ca.1856-ca.1949 (3 cu.ft.);
Commissioner's Court [Records, Notes, and Orders], 1915-1973 (5.50 cu.ft.);
County Court [Administrative Records], 1881-1884 (.35 cu.ft.);
[County Court Journal-pencil entries], 1904-1908 (1 volume); 1912 (1 volume);
County Court Proceedings [Minutes], 1896 (.10 cu.ft.);
Finished County Business [Administrative Records], 1904-1914 (.35 cu.ft.);
Journal [Commissioners Register-title varies], 1939-1945 (3 volumes); 1953-1967 (4 volumes);
Journal County Court, 1856-1864 (1 volume);
Record County Commissioners, vol. 2, 1864-1882 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Clerk's Office Old Jail Records Storage Cell:
Commissioners Journals [includes exhibits], 1981-2009 (80 cu.ft.).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 2270 Commissioners Journal [typescript], 1882-1898 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Web Site:
Agendas & Minutes [Board of County Commissioners], 2005-present (Internet).

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