Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Baker County Records Inventory

Insane Commitment Records


Series documents the examination, commitment, and release of mentally ill persons to and from the state's mental institutions. Series contains statements of complaint and commitment recorded by the county clerk or recorder and includes petitions to have an individual committed; physicians certification that an individual is insane; delivery warrants authorizing a county official (usually the sheriff) to take the individual to the state hospital; patient discharges; paroles or transfers; indexes; and correspondence. Information includes patient and family names, date committed, reason, physical description, and a brief family history. This series may also be known as the Insane Record, Mental Illness Record, and Mentally Ill and Feeble Minded Record. By 1968, in most counties, the commitment of the mentally ill or deficient had become the responsibility of the circuit court. Access to these records may be restricted for 75 years by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496.

Mental commitment case information included in the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system since June 2016 is not maintained in paper or microfilm.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Insanity Record [title varies-with index], vol. 1-2, 1894-1903 (2 volumes);
Record of Civil Proceedings [includes insane commitments-title varies-with index], vol. B-E, 1913-1964 (4 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Insane Commitments [Case Files-title varies], ca.1878-1962 (6.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Adoption and Mental Health Records [Case Files], 1968-1979 (9 reels of microfilm);
Index to Commissioners Records [indexes county court administrative, judicial, probate, and insane commitment actions], vol. A, 1862-1941 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Circuit Court Conference Room, Vault:
Mental Book F [Record of Civil Proceedings], vol. F, 1965-1968 (17 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Mental Files [Commitment], no. M1-M380, 1962-1990 (3 cu.ft.);
Mental Index Register, vol. 1, [no. M134-M369], 1968-1987 (4 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Record of Civil Proceedings [Mental Miscellaneous-with index], vol. F, 1965-1968 (1 volume);
Register of Actions Civil Proceedings Mental Proceedings, vol. 1, 1968-1987 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Administrator's Office:
[CF-Confidential Case Files-includes mental commitment case files], 1992-2016 (12 cu.ft.).


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