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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Curry County Records Inventory

Insane Commitment Records

1856-[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 192.496.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Case Files [includes insane commitments], no. 1-1753, ca.1856-1960 (29 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Vault:
County Court Laws [Judicial Journal-includes insane commitments], vol. 1, 1859-1894 (1 volume).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Civil-Domestic-Probate Office:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], 2009-present (1.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Supplies Storage Room:
Journal Civil County Court [includes some probate, naturalization, and insane commitment actions], vol. 2, 1895-1920 (1 volume);
Sealed Civil Commitment Files [Mental Commitment Case Files], 2005-2008 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Mental [Commitment Records-title varies], 1961-2005 (10 cu.ft.).

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