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1849-1913, Journal of the Council / Senate
Journals of the Senate of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon: title varies, 1849-1913, var. state printers, all published. The journals
for the House and Senate were published in separate series until 1913. Subsequent sessions were memorialized in a combined series inextricably
covering both houses that is offered on this site as a separate title. At the end of the eighteenth century the phrase “Oregon Territory ” signified a vast
but amorphous area stretching from somewhere above the Spanish settlements in California to somewhere below the Russian settlements in Alaska, and
including just about everything within that span between the Rockies and the Pacific. Spain, Russia, Great Britain, and the United States all made equally
nebulous claims on the area. By 1818 the lack of forces on the ground having rendered the Spanish claims untenable, the United States and Great
Britain attempted to exclude all other parties by signing a Convention of Joint Occupation. The reality of the latter was confirmed in 1821, when Russia
agreed to limit its settlements to areas within present-day Alaska. The joint U.S./U.K. occupation kept the peace for a decade or two so long as the
area was virtually unpopulated by Europeans. A legislature of sorts functioned in the more American southern part of the territory during 1844-49. The
laws adopted by that body can be found in the compiled laws of Oregon, 1853. By the mid-1840s there were sufficient American settlers in the southern
portions of the condominium that determining who was in charge came near to being a causus belli. Fortunately, in 1846 President Polk negotiated a
treaty that conceded everything north of the forty-ninth parallel, and all of Vancouver Island, to Great Britain. In 1848 Congress organized everything
south of the forty-ninth parallel as the Territory of Oregon. The first Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Oregon met in July of 1849. Statehood
finally came on February 14, 1859, but only after the area comprising the contemporary State of Washington had been severed off and organized into
Washington Territory. The first session of the Oregon State Legislative Assembly met in May 1859. (Documents which are part of the Early State Records
collection were digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Oregon Supreme Court Library).
Title:   Journal of the Senate of the Legislative Assembly of Oregon : reformatted from the original and including, Journal of the Council of the Territory of Oregon ...
OCLC Number:   824363267
Available Volumes
NameFiche CountOnlinePaper Backup
1849 July 1st SessYesNo
1850 Dec 2nd SessYesNo
1851 Dec 3rd SessYesNo
1851 Dec 3rd Sess, AppendixYesNo
1852 July Sp SessYesNo
1852 Dec 4th SessYesNo
1853 Dec 5th SessYesNo
1854 Dec 6th Sess, c.1YesNo
1854 Dec 6th Sess, c.2YesNo
1855 Dec 7th SessYesNo
1855 Dec 7th Sess, AppendixYesNo
1856 Dec 8th SessYesNo
1856 Dec 8th Sess, AppendixYesNo
1857 Dec 9th SessYesNo
1857 Dec 9th Sess, AppendixYesNo
1858 July Sp SessYesNo
1858 SeptYesNo
1858 Dec 10th SessYesNo
1858 Dec 10th Sess, AppendixYesNo
1859 May Ext SessYesNo
1860 Sept 1st SessYesNo
1862 Sept 2nd SessYesNo
1864 Sept 3rd SessYesNo
1865 Dec Sp SessYesNo
1866 Sept 4th SessYesNo
1868 Sept 5th SessYesNo
1870 Sept 6th SessYesNo
1872 Sept 7th SessYesNo
1874 Sept 8th SessYesNo
1876 Sept 9th SessYesNo
1878 Sept 10th SessYesNo
1880 Sept 11th SessYesNo
1885 Jan 13th SessYesNo
1885 Nov 13th Leg Sp SessYesNo
1887 Jan 14th SessYesNo
1889 Jan 15th SessYesNo
1891 Jan 16th SessYesNo
1893 Jan 17th SessYesNo
1895 Jan 18th SessYesNo
1897 Jan 19th SessYesNo
1898 Jan 20th Leg Sp SessYesNo
1899 Jan 20th SessYesNo
1901 Jan 21st SessYesNo
1903 Jan 22d SessYesNo
1903 Nov 22d Leg Sp Sess YesNo
1905 Jan 23d SessYesNo
1907 Jan 24th SessYesNo
1909 Jan 25th SessYesNo
1911 Jan 26th SessYesNo
1913 Jan 27th SessYesNo