Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine County Records Inventory

Pension and Relief Records


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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Josephine County Public Welfare Commission Verification of Claims Against Estates [Old Age Pension], 1939-1941 (.10 cu.ft.);
Widows Pensions [Records], 1913-1931 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
County Home Reports [of Superintendent of County Home], 1914-1939 (.25 cu.ft.).

State Archives • 800 Summer St. NE • Salem, OR 97310