Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Coos 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 2015 is not maintained in paper or microfilm.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Mental [Commitment Case Files], no. 1-1083, 1893-1945 (2.65 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Circuit Court Storage:
Circuit Court M [Mental Commitment Records], no. 1083-ca.3475, 1945-1987 (20 cu.ft.);
Insane & Feeble-Minded and T.B. Patients and Deformed Children [Index], 1893-ca.1957 (1 volume);
Record of Mentally Ill and Mentally Deficient, 1957-2001 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Circuit Court Small Claims/Civil/Probate Office:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], no. 5479-6430, 2007-2015 (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Circuit Court Storage:
ME [Mental Commitment Case Files-with early gaps], no. 1970-5478, ca.1987-2007 (19 cu.ft.).


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