Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clackamas 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 192.469.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Insane Commitment Records, 1846-1930 (.50 cu.ft.);
Insane Record [Commitment-with index], vol. 1-10, 1890-1941 (10 volumes);
Search for 1854-1889 Clackamas County insane commitments in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Clackamas County Courthouse, Circuit Court Civil Case Unit Office Room 104:
Mentals [Commitment Case Files], no. M1201001-M1307014, 2012-present (7 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clackamas County Circuit Court Off-Site Storage Facility:
Mental [Commitment Case Files-title varies], no. M1-M5173, M77.4.1-M11.12.075, 1941-2011 (162 cu.ft.);
Mental Commitments [Miscellaneous Case Files], 1922-1960 (2 cu.ft.);
Misc. Mentals [Miscellaneous Case Files], ca.1960-ca.1970 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clackamas County Clerk's Recording Office Suite 110, Public Research Area:
[Clackamas County Recorder Misc. Court Records-includes probate, adoption, mental commitment, and marriage records], 1976-1978 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Clackamas County Records-includes mental commitment and outside marriage records], 1972-1975 (2 reels of microfilm);
[Mentals, Adoptions, Physicians, Ministerials, Outside Marriages-Records], 1972-1973 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Clackamas County Central Utility Plant Warehouse, Recording Records Storage Area:
[Mental Book 1-Commitment Records], vol. 1, 1965-1967 (1 reel of microfilm).


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