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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah County Records Inventory

School District Records

1858-1966

Series reports the general and financial statistics of each school district located in the county. Information includes school district number and clerk's name; number of individuals within the district between ages four and twenty; number of teachers employed; number of school houses (owned by the district); number of legal voters; number of libraries and books within each; number of private schools; cash on hand at last report; district tax received from county; state schools funds received; general value of school grounds and furnishings; property values; enrollment; number of students enrolled from outlying districts; school census; and board minutes. Series may also contain school attendance and grade reports and data on students and parents. Records may be titled School District Clerk Annual Report, District Clerk's Book of Records, District Clerk Record Book, or Oregon School Register and Record Book, which is the most comprehensive record of school district activities. School district records have been inventoried through 1965. Access to student records may be restricted by state or federal law.

Contact the Portland Public Schools, Records Management Department for information about accessing historic school and student records.

Records at the Multnomah County Central Library:
Annual Report of School District Number 1 Multnomah County Oregon, 1911-1966 (ca.34 volumes);
Annual Report of the Public Schools of the City of Portland, 1892-1911 (4 volumes);
Report of the Survey of the Public School System of School District No. 1, Multnomah County, Oregon, 1913 (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1504 Public School Systems [District Clerk's Book of Records-District No. 23 Jt.-Multnomah and Washington Counties], 1890-1891 (1 volume); 1899-1900 (1 volume);
Mss. 1504 Public School Systems [District Clerk's Book of Records-District No. 30], 1889-1898, 1901-1910 (6 volumes);
Mss. 1504 Public School Systems [Gill's School Register-Attendance Reports for Portland Public Schools], 1898, 1901, 1914-1931 (14 volumes);
Mss. 1504 Public School Systems [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 23 Jt.-Multnomah and Washington Counties], 1891-1892 (1 volume);
Mss. 1504 Public School Systems [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 30], 1888-1900 (5 volumes);
Mss. 1788 Multnomah County School District No. 1 Records [Board of Directors Minutes], 1932-1942 (11 volumes);
Mss. 1788 Multnomah County School District No. 1 Records [Budget], 1941-1942 (2 volumes);
Mss. 1788 Multnomah County School District No. 1 Records [Educational Department Annual Report], 1939-1940 (2 volumes);
Mss. 1788 Multnomah County School District No. 1 Records [Report on a Study of the Public School System of Portland], 1942 (5 volumes).

Records at the University of Oregon, Knight Library, Special Collections:
School District Records [District No. 1], 1858-1859 (.10 cu.ft.).

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