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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Washington County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1844-[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.

County business in Washington County and its predecessor, Tuality County, 1843-1849, was conducted by the county court until adoption of home rule in the 1962. Currently, the administrative and policy making functions are the responsibility of the board of county commissioners.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Bench Docket County Court [includes judicial, probate, and administrative actions], 1863-1882 (1 volume);
County Court Petitions, 1844-1889 (.10 cu.ft.);
Tuality District Court Records [Order Books-includes some judicial actions], 1846-1849 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Public Services Building, Suite 130, Recording Division Office Area:
Board of Commissioners Index [indexes minute orders, resolutions, orders, and contracts-title varies], 1965-2011 (15 binders);
BOC [Board of Commissioners Proceedings] 1962-1976 (4 reels of microfilm);
BOC [Board of Commissioners Worksession Minutes], 1973-1998 (12 reels of microfilm); 1999-2002 (4 reels of microfilm);
BOC Journals [Board of Commissioners-Commissioners Dockets], vol. 2-16, 1887-1965 (9 reels of microfilm);
BOC Journals [Board of Commissioners-County Court Commissioner Pending], 1916-1938 (1 reel of microfilm);
BOC Journals [Board of Commissioners Journal Indexes-to vol. 11-95B], 1911-1979 (3 reels of microfilm);
BOC Journals [Board of Commissioners], vol. 2-95B, 1852-1979 (16 reels of microfilm);
BOC [Washington County Board of Commissioners Special Session], 1975-1978 (1 reel of microfilm);
Commissioners Meeting Folders [title varies], 1963-2003 (198 reels of microfilm);
Minute Orders [Board of Commissioners], no. 67.1-98.544, 1967-1998 (101 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Public Services Building, Suite 300, Commissioners Office:
BCC Meeting Folders [Board of County Commissioners-includes minute orders], 2013-present (7 cu.ft.).

Records at the Public Services Building, Suite 300, Commissioners Office, Reception Desk:
BCC Worksession Minutes [Board of County Commissioners], 2012-present (4 binders).

Records at the Public Services Building, Room 202, Survey Section Vault:
Commissioners Journals, vol. 2-95B, 1852-1979 (19 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Washington County Historical Records Vault:
Commissioners Blotter [Minutes], 1917-1920 (1 volume);
Commissioners Court Blotter [Minutes], 1911-1917 (2 volumes);
Commissioners Journal, vol. 2, 1852-1869 (1 volume);
Commissioners Record [Journal], vol. 5, 1883-1887 (1 volume);
Record Comm. Journal [Commissioners], vol. 3, 1869-1875 (1 volume);
Records Commissioners Journal, vol. 4, 1875-1883 (1 volume).

Records at the Washington County Records Center:
BCC Meeting File [Board of County Commissioners Meeting Records], 2010-2011 (12 cu.ft.);
BOC Meeting/Worksession Files [Board of Commissioners], 2008 (1 cu.ft.); 2010-2011 (2 cu.ft.);
Meeting Records [Board of Commissioners], 2013 (7 cu.ft.);
Minute Orders BOC [Board of Commissioners], 2009-2013 (18 cu.ft.).

Records at the Walnut Street Center Building, Second Floor Circuit Court Archives:
[County Court Administrative Minutes-in back of Probate Fee Book], 1876 (1 volume).

Records at the Washington County Contracted Off-site Microfilm Storage:
BOC Mtg. Minutes, Agendas & Notices [Board of Commissioners], 1987-2001 (5 reels of microfilm);
BOC Worksession Minutes [Board of Commissioners], 1981-2001 (13 reels of microfilm);
Commissioners Meeting Files, 1966-2004 (200 reels of microfilm);
Minute Orders BOC [Board of Commissioners], 1967-2008 (130 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Washington County Contracted Off-site Records Storage:
BOC Agendas/Meeting Notices/Minutes [Board of Commissioners], 1987-1990 (1 cu.ft.);
BOC Meeting Files [Board of Commissioners], 2004-2008 (1 cu.ft.);
BOC Worksession Minutes [Board of Commissioners], 1973-1993 (1 cu.ft.); 2003-2004 (2 cu.ft.); 2007 (1 cu.ft.); 2010 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Washington County Museum, Research Library and Archives:
Bench Docket County Court [includes judicial, probate, and administrative actions], vol. 2, 1887-1894 (1 volume);
[Commissioners Dockets], vol. 2-16, 1887-1965 (9 reels of microfilm);
Commissioners Docket [title varies], vol. 3-16, 1895-1964 (13 volumes);
[Commissioners Journals Indexes-to vol. 11-95B], 1916-1979 (3 reels of microfilm);
[Commissioners Journals-pages only], vol. 34-95B, 1965-1979 (9 reels of microfilm);
[Commissioners Journals], vol. 2-33, 1852-1965 (10 reels of microfilm);
Commissioners Journal [with index], vol. 8-24, 1896-1959 (17 volumes);
Commissioners Record [Journal], vol. 6-7, 1889-1896 (2 volumes);
[Washington County Court Records #15-Tuality Court Records], 1845-1862 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1283 Record of County Court [Journal for Twality County-typescript], 1847-1848 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Washington County Web Site:
Board Meeting Minutes [Board of Commissioners], 2011-present (Internet).

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