Early Oregon census and tax records, 1842-1880

Jackson County census roll, circa 1854 Jackson County census roll, 1855 Jackson County census roll, 1858 Washington County census roll, 1856 Apportionment Census (Names of males over 21 years), 1849 Washington County tax roll, 1852 Agricultural census for Clackamas County, 1870

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Early Oregon census and tax records, 1842-1880


  • 1842-1880 (Creation)


0.5 Cubic Feet, 1 Document box and 2 over-sized folders

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This collection consists of early census and tax records from the Oregon provisional and territorial governments and early Oregon statehood. The materials in this collection were gathered from early, mostly pre-1958, Oregon Historical Society Research Library accessions of census and tax related records. The early census and tax records document demographic and economic data for what are now portions of Oregon and California. Original census records include Elijah White's 1842 census; a census (1849) of males over the age of 21; Jackson County census rolls (ca. 1854-1855, 1858); a Washington County census (1856); a Washington County tax roll (1852); and an agricultural census for Clackamas County (1870). Typescript and photostat reproductions of census records include Joseph Meek's Census of Oregon (1845); Charles Wells’ Benton County census (1854); the United States Census roll for Coos County (1860); and a partial typescript of the 1880 United States Census for Wasco County. The collection also includes reports of the 1850 census for Butte and Calaveras counties in California.

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Collection is open for research.

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  • English

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Agricultural census for Clackamas County, 1870, was the gift of David Duniway prior to 1958 (Acc. 7777).

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Originals of the Joe Meek Census of Oregon, 1845; The schedule of free inhabitants in Coquille Precinct in the county of Coos in Oregon, 1860; and The schedule of population, Eaton Precinct, Wasco County, Oregon, 1880, are held by the Oregon State Archives.

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Online collection contains a selection of items from the full collection. More information about the full collection can be found here: http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv529387

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  • Citation: Oregon Census records, Mss 1, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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