Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk 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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Case Exhibits, 1861-1925 (1.20 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Files Divorce Records, 1854-1912 (5 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Files [excludes divorce cases], ca.1854-ca.1912 (27 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Files Index, 1862-1909 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Index Indirect [Vault Index Circuit Court-indexes case no. 3760-5720], vol. 2, ca.1909-ca.1927 (1 volume);
Search for 1854-1912 Polk County divorce case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, Circuit Court Records Office:
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-32800, 1846-1983 (25 feet of microfilm jackets);
[Circuit Court Vault Index], no. 1-279, 1846-1856 (2 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
CC [Circuit Court Case Real Property Abstracts], 1969-1985 (3 volumes).

Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Complex, Building 12, Circuit Court Records Storage Cage:
[Circuit Court Reg.-Case Files], no.7458-15971, 1931-ca.1962 (68 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Vault Index [actually case files], no. 534-3747, 1865-1909 (39 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Polk County Historical Society Museum, Archives:
Index to Circuit Court Cases, 1870-1875 (1 volume).


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