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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Union County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1864-[ongoing]

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 Chaplin Building, Clerk's Resource Room:
Commissioner's Docket, vol. F-G, 1957-1980 (2 volumes);
Commissioner's Journal [title varies], vol. L-V, 1905-1985 (11 volumes);
County Court Orders [includes minutes, resolutions, and ordinances], 1991-2000 (1.50 inches of microfilm jackets);
Index County Court Journal, vol. A, 1864-1875 (1 volume); vol. C-D, 1882-1889 (2 volumes);
Index to Commissioners Journals [to vol. E-Z], 1890-1992 (5 volumes).

Records at the Chaplin Building, Clerk's Confidential Room:
Minutes [Commissioners-title varies], 1953-2007 (3.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Joseph Building, County Archives Room #2:
Commissioners Docket [some with index], vol. A-E, 1890-1957 (5 volumes);
Commissioner's Journal [title varies], vol. A-K, 1864-1905 (11 volumes).

Records at the Joseph Building, Map Room #6 Archives:
County Court [Administrative Records], 1867-1957 (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Joseph Building East, County Commissioners Office:
[Agendas and Minutes-Commissioners], 1980-present (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Union County Law Enforcement Services Building, Microfilm Storage Room:
[Commissioners Docket], vol. A-F, 1890-1971 (2 reels of microfilm);
[Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, Resolutions, and Minutes-includes related records], 1989-2000 (2 inches of microfilm jackets);
County Court [Commissioners Journal], vol. A-U, 1864-1977 (7 reels of microfilm);
Indexes [to Commissioners Journal vol. E-U], 1890-1977 (3 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 2271 Commissioner's Journal, 1864-1871 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Union County Web Site:
Commissioners' Agendas/Minutes, 2007-present (Internet).

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