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Jefferson County Officials' Bonds and Oaths of Office, 1861-1969

Identifier: Series-227

Scope and Contents

This collection mainly contains bonds and oaths of office for Jefferson County’s elected and appointed officials that were filed for the record with the Clerk and Recorder, Clerk to the Board. Collection is arranged in each sub-series by name of office then chronologically within that office. There are many gaps, especially 1870s-1880s, 1902-1915 and 1930s-1940s.

Sub-series 1, Bonds and Oaths of Office for Elected and Appointed Officials (1861-1957), contains official bonds and oaths of office as well as letters requesting withdrawal or release from bonds, a list of bonded officials and a record book recording bonds of elected officials, appointments, and a few listings of school bonds issued.

Sub-series 2, Appointments (1862-1969), contains official notices of appointment to various positions within the County. Some may include salary information.

Sub-series 3, Applications for Appointment (1906-1951), contains letters of application addressed to the Board of County Commissioners by people seeking an appointed position. These may include citizen petitions and letters of recommendation for applicants. Those seeking a position as Water Commissioner are requesting a recommendation to the Governor from the Board of County Commissioners.

Sub-series 5, Resignations and Revocations (1862-1956), contains resignation letters of elected or appointed officials and notices of revocation of appointment.

Name index has been created for this collection. The index also contains the names of officials whose oath of office documentation can be found in other collections along with the information on where to find that information.


  • Record Keeping: 1861-1969

Conditions Governing Access

Archives collection material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available for use by appointment in the reading room.

Biographical / Historical

According to the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S. 30-10-110), before performing any duties of the office, every county officer must execute and deposit an official bond on or before the day of commencement of the term for which the officer was elected. The officer must also take an oath or affirmation in front of an officer authorized to administer oaths, and deposit it with the official bond. In lieu of a bond, a county may purchase crime insurance coverage of behalf of county officers and county employees to protect the people of the county from any malfeasance on the part of the officer while in office or employees. A deputy appointed to office, before entering upon the deputy’s duties under such appointment, must also take the like oath of office as that required to be taken by the appointing officer and shall deposit it in the office where the oath of such officer is deposited. In Jefferson County, these oaths are deposited with the Clerk to the Board.


2.70 Cubic Feet (6 Document Boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains official bonds and oaths of office for Jefferson County’s elected and appointed officials filed for the record with the Clerk and Recorder, Clerk to the Board. Collection also includes official notices of appointment; letters of application, citizen petitions and letters of recommendations to the BCC regarding appointed positions; and resignation letters and notices of revocation of appointment.


Arranged chronologically within each elected or appointed position.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the Archives by the Clerk and Recorder's office in 1998 and 2010.

Related Materials

Recorded Documents Book 18: Record of Official Bonds, 1877-1915; Citizen Petitions; Series 205: Golden-Littleton Irrigation District Files; Series 228: Town of Edgewater Trustee Oaths of Office; Series 114: County Court Correspondence and Court Papers

Processing Information

Processed by Ronda Frazier in 2019. Revised 2021.

Name index available. The name index is arranged by surname. Many names are listed multiple times due to re-election or a person holding different positions over time. There are various forms of names such as surname with first initials only, full names, or surname with an abbreviated first name. They are alphabetized in the index exactly as they were written on the document so one needs to scan throughout the surname so as not to miss one that appears in multiple forms.

The index was created for Series 227, however, oaths found in other collections are also included in the index, indicated in red. The series and box numbers of the other collection are listed in the box number column of the index. Both numbers are needed in order to find the document.
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Repository Details

Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository

3500 Illinois Street
Suite 2350
Golden CO 80401 United States