Provisional and Territorial Records Guide

Oregon Territorial Seal

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Historical County Offices and Duties

To assist in understanding the organization of county government, the staff prepared generalized descriptions of the creation of county offices, the definition of their functions, and the changes that have occurred over time. When the offices or their functions as performed by a particular county have differed from the norm, the variations have been noted in the appropriate series descriptions for that county. The following county offices and duties are described on this page (scroll or click on link to office of choice):

Board of Equalization
Circuit Court
County Assessor
County Clerk
County Coroner
County Court
County School Superintendent
County Sheriff
County Surveyor
County Treasurer
District Attorney
Justice Court
U.S. District Court

State Archives • 800 Summer St. NE • Salem, OR 97310

Phone: 503-373-0701 • Fax: 503-378-4118 • reference.archives@state.or.us