Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Sherman 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 Files], no. 2250-4468, 1933-1985 (25 cu.ft.).
Records at the Sherman County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-2249, 1889-1933 (29 cu.ft.).
Records at the Sherman County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
[Circuit Court Case Files], vol. 1-23, no. 2250-4474, 1933-1987 (10 inches of microfiche).
Records at the Sherman County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Historical Value [Miscellaneous Circuit Court Papers], 1892-1915 (.30 cu.ft.);
Index to Register of Actions [also indexes case files], vol. 1, ca.1889-n.d. (1 volume).
Records at the Sherman County Courthouse, Circuit Court Jury Room:
Index to Circuit Court Case Files, vol. 1-2, 1889-1989 (2 volumes).