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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Crook County Records Inventory

Insane Commitment Records

1883-[ongoing]

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 92.496.

Records at the Crook County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
County Court Journal Commitments, vol. 2, 1927-1974 (1 volume);
Insane Cases [Records], 1903-1947 (.30 cu.ft.);
Insane Papers, 1948-1957 (.30 cu.ft.);
Insane Records, 1883-1930 (.35 cu.ft.);
Journal County Court [includes insane commitment, adoption, and naturalization information-with index], 1883-1927 (1 volume);
Mental Cases [Records], 1957-1980 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Crook County Courthouse, Trial Court Office, File Vault:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], no. 83.18M-08MH.0004, 1983-present (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Crook County Road Department Yard, Records Storage Unit 4:
Involuntary Commitment [Mental Commitment Case Files], 1973-1981 (1 cu.ft.).

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