Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah 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.

Records at the Multnomah Building, Suite 600, Board Clerk's Office:
Meeting Minutes [Board of Commissioners], 2010-present (3 binders).

Records at the Multnomah Building, File Storage Room 626:
Agenda Packet Files [Board Meeting Packets-Commissioners-includes briefing documents and copies of minutes], 2010-present (11 cu.ft.);
[Board of Commissioners Annotated Minutes], 1989-2006 (34 binders); 2007-2009 (.40 cu.ft.).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Archives:
Board Meeting Packets [Commissioners-includes briefing documents and copies of minutes-title varies], ca.1986-2003 (104 cu.ft.);
Journal [Board of County Commissioners-title varies], vol. 1-163, 1913-1989 (163 volumes);
Supplement Decisions [to Commissioners Journal-title varies], 1975-1982 (5 cu.ft.);
Supplement to Journal [Commissioners-includes zoning and other ordinances-title varies], 1941-1978 (73 volumes).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Records Center:
Board Meeting Packets [Commissioners], 2003-2009 (45 cu.ft.);
Index [Board of County Commissioners Journal], ca.1922-ca.1982 (4.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Records Center, Microfilm Cabinet:
[BOCC Journals-County Commissioners Journal], vol. 1-163, 1913-1989 (27 reels of microfilm);
[County Commissioners Journal], vol. 1-50, 1855-1914 (22 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Multnomah County Web Site:
Board Minutes [Commissioners], 1989-present (Internet);
Past Board Meeting Agendas, Minutes, Videos and Audio Files [Commissioners], 2010-present (Internet);
Past Meeting Videos [Board of Commissioners], 2009-2010 (Internet);
Search Board Documents [Commissioners-includes minutes, orders, ordinances, resolutions, and proclamations], 1962-present (Internet).


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