Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah County Records Inventory

Prisoner Registers


Series tracks individuals incarcerated in the county jail. Information includes prisoner identification number; date entered; name, address, age, birth date, height and weight, eye and hair color, and nationality of prisoner; arrest date; arresting officer; crime committed; sentence; bail; court; release date; and remarks. Prisoner registers, which may also be referred to as jail lists, have been inventoried through 1965. Access to portions of these records may be restricted for 25 years after termination of custody by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496(3).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Jail Register, 1882-1918 (11 volumes);
Prisoners Receipt, 1917 (1 volume).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Records Center, Microfilm Cabinet:
Jail Docket, 1918-1972 (4 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1275 Prisoner Record, 1896-1899 (1 volume);
Mss. 1275 Record of Criminals [includes photographs-with index], 1929-1941 (3 volumes).

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