Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Linn County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Case Files


Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

The microfilm/microfiche records listed at the Hurd Building have been or will be scanned and available electronically. Contact the trial court administrator for more information. 

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Exhibits, 1909-1958 (3 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Minutes and Exhibits, 1874-1879 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Testimony [Grand Jury Minutes], 1891 (1 volume);
Index to Papers in Circuit Court Direct [Case File], 1854-1935 (2 volumes);
Index to Papers in Circuit Court Indirect [Case File], 1854-1935 (2 volumes).

Records at the Hurd Building, Circuit Court Storage Room 13:
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-43110, 1861-1974 (561 reels of microfilm); no. 43111-83.1976, 1974-1983 (16.50 feet of microfiche);
[Direct Index-Circuit Court Case File and Journal Index], 1875-1985 (10 inches of microfiche);
[Indirect Index-Circuit Court Case File and Journal Index], 1875-1985 (10 inches of microfiche).


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